Democratic and Republican Politicians React to Beshear's Win

By: Forrest Sanders Email
By: Forrest Sanders Email

Almost 59-percent of Kentucky voters elected Steve Beshear the next governor of the state. Beshear will spend the next four years in Frankfort, but how do state lawmakers on both sides of party lines feel about Beshear's victory?

"We need Democrats, Republicans, Independents," Steve Beshear proclaimed in his victory speech Tuesday night.

"All of us have to come together, to make this state a better place to live," he added.

Now, Democratic House Speaker Jody Richards says that he and the new governor have some big plans in the pipeline.

"Well, of course, education is 60-percent of the state budget," Richards explained. "So, there are several things in education that are really important, such as increased teacher's pay."

Other plans include helping young people become insured under the K-CHIP program and working on I-65 to where six lanes stretch all the way to Elizabethtown.

But with a Democrat back in the governor's office, will future plans change for Republicans?

"Well, you know, 95-percent of the things in the budget won't change," said David Williams, Republican leader of the Senate. "We haven't really had an opportunity to have Governor-Elect Beshear set his priorities."

And now, both these Republican and Democratic politicians are weighing in on the new governor of Kentucky.

"He has a very rich and varied set of experiences that I think will help him understand the needs of the state and how to work with others to understand those goals," Richards added.

"He said in his campaign that he wanted to work with Republicans and Democrats," Williams said. "So, I'm going to take the governor-elect at his word, to work with us in good faith and hopefully, we'll be able to accomplish a lot of things for Kentucky."

Both Jody Richards and David Williams say they've known Steve Beshear for over 20 years and have cordial relationships with the new governor.

They both told us that they look forward to working with Beshear.


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