Beshear declines to appear twice next week with Williams

July 08, 2011 | | Comments 2

Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville

Gov. Steve Beshear

By Jack Brammer

FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear has decided not to participate in two events next week with Senate President David Williams, his Republican challenger for governor.

Beshear had been invited to attend a panel session Tuesday afternoon with Williams at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting in Louisville and a forum Thursday afternoon at the Kentucky County Judge-Executive Association summer conference at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

“The governor will be participating in debates once the campaign gets going in the fall,” said Beshear campaign manager Bill Hyers.

He noted that the Democratic governor will deliver remarks at the chamber gathering on Tuesday evening.

The Williams campaign said Beshear is scared to debate.

“If I had Steve Beshear’s economic record I guess I’d be scared to debate those issues in front of the state’s job creators and local officials who feel the brunt of his failures every day,” said Luke Marchant, Williams’ campaign manager. “David Williams is proud to appear at the forums and talk about his real plan to make Kentucky the best place in the nation to create jobs.”

Bryan Sunderland, spokesman for the chamber, said Beshear was invited several weeks ago to participate in a panel discussion between Beshear and Williams at the chamber’s business summit and annual meeting. Bill Goodman of the Kentucky Educational Television will moderate the event.

Sunderland said Beshear’s staff informed the chamber last week that Beshear will not be able to attend because of “a prior commitment.”

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, will replace the governor at the chamber event, Sunderland said.

Vince Lang, executive director of the county judge association, said the governor’s office informed him that Beshear could not be at the Northern Kentucky conference because of a scheduling conflict.

He said the forum will continue with Williams and Galbraith.

Beshear’s public schedule for next week, released late Friday by his office, showed he is “in office” on Tuesday and has “no public events scheduled” for Thursday.

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  1. Buck Feshear says:

    Of course he doesn’t want to appear with Williams. Williams is so much smarter than he is, and so much more articulate, that Beshear doesn’t want to be made to look like the poor leader that he is.

  2. Chicken Biscuit says:

    Oh come on Stevie, can’t we all have a chicken biscuit together?

    I sure hope Stevie is not re-elected.

    The truth is there are way too many people that milk the govt to vote against him.

    I thinkk you should have to prove you pay taxes in order to vote. It is not fair that lazy no good people can milk the system and vote. It is not right to have others voting my money from my pocket book.

    No non taxpayer should be allowed to vote with the exceptions of retired people, real retired that worked and paid taxes.