The Cincinnati Enquirer's endorsement of David Williams in the Kentucky governor's race comes with a qualifier:
"He needs to prove to Kentuckians that he understands there's a big difference between being an effective partisan player in a fiercely divided legislature and serving as a chief executive whose duty is to unify the state and represent a broad range of interests..."
The newspaper announced its endorsement on Friday, saying of the three GOP candidates, Williams promises to be the most effective chief executive:
Moffett's policy expertise, business acumen, and commitment to reform could benefit Frankfort.
Holsclaw's administrative skill and collaborative, low-key style could be a balm for nerves rubbed raw for decades in the legislature.
But experience and savvy count greatly in the rough-and-tumble of Kentucky politics, so our nod goes to Williams, the state's quintessential political operator.
This endorsement comes with a qualifier: Williams' reputation as an arrogant, divisive, grudge-holding "Bully from Burkesville."