RIGHT? Haha. Of course he would.
Steve Beshear is skipping the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Murray (yes, he was invited) but will be speaking in Paducah and Owensboro on the same day. You read it correctly. Steve Beshear is skipping out on the second-largest gathering of Purchase Area Democrats (second only to Fancy Farm)– loyalists and party leaders from across western Kentucky.
This does not make sense – Governor Beshear is passing up the chance to talk to 400 Party leaders and loyalists. The people that he will need to support his future programs, initiatives and campaigns. Coming to Paducah and giving notice on Friday for the faithful to gather there in the middle of a work day is sad planning on the part of his office. Oh, there will be a crowd of retirees and public officials, but it will be nothing like the multi-county gathering at the Curris Center.
One has to wonder if the Governor’s Office knows the distances and the geography involved in getting West Kentuckians together. While McCracken is the largest county by far, it is not as centrally located as Calloway, nor will it have a ready made crowd of well wishers.
Interesting note: Calloway County is Robbie Rudolph’s home turf but went to Beshear-Mongiardo in the 2007 gubernatorial election– even with a hometown boy running with the incumbent. To avoid that area could be considered a slap in the face. Judging by the reaction we’ve received from dozens of Democratic Party leaders in the area, Beshear’s got a problem on his hands.
We thought things were turning around for the better for Governor Steve Beshear but little things like this make us wonder who really calls his shots. So much for us being naive enough to think that the governor’s approval rating couldn’t sink any lower.
UPDATE: Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo will be there. Disaster averted.