By John Cheves — firstname.lastname@example.org
FRANKFORT — Take Back Kentucky on Tuesday endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Moffett — sort of.
Norm Davis, a member of the private property rights group, kicked off a press conference in the state Capitol by praising the conservative credentials of “Phil Harmon.” Unlike some politicians, “Mr. Harmon” takes the time to read materials and educate himself on important issues, Davis said.
“We need Phil Harmon,” Davis told a crowd of several dozen people. “I can’t think of anything we don’t agree on.”
David Adams, Moffett’s campaign manager, finally approached Davis at the lectern and whispered in his ear.
“Oh, I’m sorry. Moffett!” Davis corrected himself. “He has a running mate named Harmon.”
State Rep. Mike Harmon, R-Danville, is Moffett’s running mate.
Moffett, a Louisville businessman, thanked Davis for the endorsement and called it “a big boost forward.”
Moffett went on to say that he disagreed with Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s call on Tuesday, before a state Senate committee, for a national constitutional convention to consider a balanced budget amendment. President Barack Obama and other Democratic leaders in Washington might repeal the Bill of Rights if given the chance to rewrite the Constitution, he said.
Also, Moffett said, the Kentucky constitution already requires a balanced budget. But that hasn’t stopped state Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, from helping to pile on billions of dollars in bonded debt and unfunded liability in the state pension funds, he said. Williams also is a Republican candidate for governor.
“A balanced budget to a government does not mean the same thing that it does to me as a business person or to you as a family member,” Moffett said. “Only in government can a balanced budget mean that you can borrow as much money as you want as long as you think you’re gonna have enough revenue to pay it back.”