All it took was one media report to begin the snowball. With word from two Lexington TV stations that - according to sources - David Williams and Richie Farmer will announce their Republican ticket for governor on Wednesday, reaction has been quick.
David Adams, campaign manager, Moffett-Harmon 2011:
"David Williams? What would his campaign slogan be, that he knows how Frankfort works? Kentucky taxes too much, spends too much and owes too much. David Williams' hands are stained with all of that red ink. He has pushed through spending increases, tax increases and I've never heard him complain once about all the money we have borrowed on his watch and with his approval. The eyes of the nation will be on Kentucky next year when there are only three gubernatorial races in the whole country. We can't fix what ails our state by doing more of the same. That's why you will see the tea party movement, the Republican party and the people of Kentucky get behind Phil Moffett and Mike Harmon."
Because of his legendary playing career at Clay County High and UK, Farmer is an icon in rural Kentucky. That’s why David Williams, the heavy-handed Republican despot who controls the State Senate, wants him as a runningmate. In some circles, Boss David is even less popular than Barnhart.
Personally, I’d like to see Richie run for Governor with somebody seasoned and more citified — Trey Grayson, maybe — in the second spot. I think that ticket would be a shoo-in to beat Beshear and his new runningmate, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson.
I don't know a whole lot about David Williams, and I'm guessing that's not going to change. Let's be honest.... Is anyone actually going to vote against Richie Farmer?
The Clay County legend will be joining David Williams (whose place at the top of a Richie ticket is sort of like having a Beatles ticket and letting Ringo be Governor while John Lennon runs for Lt Gov) for the Republican nomination in hopes of setting up an uber fight with current Governor Steve Beshear and Jerry Abramson.
What are the odds there is a Williams-Farmer TV ad of a kid shooting hoops against the side of a barn on a dirt court – I say 95%.
Just a sampling.... much, much more to come