FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) – As she heaps praise on running mate Hal Heiner as a family man, KC Crosbie is upset with what some Republicans are saying about her and her family.
“I'm not going to have anybody batter my family, my husband or my kids,” she said.
At issue, her husband Scott's lobbying work on behalf of casino interests – and how that affects her views. Heiner and Crosbie support letting Kentucky voters decide the issue.
“I was told that when she was campaigning for treasurer, then I supported her, she was against the expansion of gaming in Kentucky and since learned that her livelihood is partially maintained from that industry,” Rep. Steven Rudy, R-West Paducah, said.
Rudy is an ally of likely Republican candidate James Comer, who himself once criticized gambling as a distraction to more important matters yet now co-chairs the pro-casino Kentucky Wins coalition.
Rudy says the point is knowing where the candidates stand -- and what influences KC Crosbie's positions, specifically what pays her household's bills, because she draws no salary as Republican Party finance chair.
“There’s nothing wrong with that, per se, but I just think that the voters of Kentucky have the right to know in the highest office in the commonwealth - the governor and the lieutenant governor on that ticket - have the right to know where those livelihoods come from when making those decisions,” Rudy said.
I found it a little archaic maybe that certain elected officials on a statewide capacity, meaning Commissioner Comer, that he would basically suggest in some way that because I'm married to somebody who has a business that I can't make my own decisions,” Crosby said. “As a woman, we should be at a point in time where we can run for political office and not be dependent on our husbands and their views.”
After their joint rollout of the campaign barnstorming Kentucky, Heiner is now taking the lead on speaking appearances.
Kentucky house minority floor leader Jeff Hoover suggested Crosbie step down from her positions with both the state and national Republican Party.
Crosbie's response: "absolutely not."
She says she's committed to helping GOP candidates this fall -- even as she begins her own campaign.