In a telephone interview with WHAS11, 2011 running mate Dea Riley said Galbraith blazed the trail for independent candidates and thinking:
"He was one of the very first prominent personalities that got it right, that this Constitution, this country, this republic system of government does work for the everyday individual. And that is only if that everyday individual stands forward. Gatewood was the guy who stood forward for them. Which is now they're talking about this change in the varying parties and this independent movement, Gatewood was the forebearer of all of that, truly."
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement on Wednesday regarding the passing of Gatewood Galbraith:
“I am saddened to hear of the passing of Gatewood Galbraith. He was a truly memorable character who loved our state and its people. Elaine and I send our condolences to his family.”
Gov. Beshear’s Statement on Gatewood Galbraith:
“Jane and I were shocked and saddened to learn of Gatewood’s passing. He was a gutsy, articulate and passionate advocate who never shied away from a challenge or potential controversy.
His runs for office prove he was willing to do more than just argue about the best direction for the state – he was willing to serve, and was keenly interested in discussing issues directly with our citizens. He will be missed.”
During a time when we hope our elected officials will introduce bold ideas, one could never say that Gatewood Galbraith wasn't willing to introduce bold ideas. Gatewood was a champion for labor, education and the environment. But it was his humor, principle, and passion that made him one of my favorite people on the campaign trail. Gatewood's smile was infectious even when he was jabbing me or the candidate I was working for. My prayers are with his family and many, many friends.
Former Democratic Party official Sherman Brown:
STATEMENT FROM GREG STUMBO:
"I have known Gatewood personally and professionally for 30 years and was part of two statewide races in which he also took part. He was a true character, and I enjoyed his wit and wisdom tremendously. He will definitely be missed."