Governor candidates differ on how state's image has fared

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Governor Ernie Fletcher and Democratic
gubernatorial candidate Steve Beshear both say they love Kentucky. But they differ on how the rest of the country sees the Bluegrass state.

Fletcher says his administration has worked hard to present a positive image of the state. He pointed to his "Unbridled" Spirit" campaign and the spread of high-speed Internet access as major signs of progress.

But Beshear says Fletcher has hurt Kentucky's image. Beshear pointed to an investigation into Fletcher administration hirings - a probe that drew national attention. Beshear said it was an example that quote "bad government is a drag on economies."

Beshear argues that under Fletcher's leadership Kentucky has slipped further behind most of the nation in several important economic categories.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-08-26-07 0800EDT


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  • by SPIKE LEE OF KY.BB Location: LEX,KY. on Aug 27, 2007 at 05:20 AM
    I WOULD LIKE TO CALL TODAY,KEEP IT REAL MONDAY(BEING HONEST).FOR ONE,THE REASON WE ARE NOT TAKEN SERIOUS BECAUSE IF ANY OF OUR COACHES DID THE THINGS FLETCHER HAS DONE IT WOULD BE A NO BRAINER,HE'S OUT OF HERE.IN ATHLETICS,KY.DON'T TOLERATE SCANDALS.AS I SEE IT,WE ARE NOT HOLDING THESE GUYS TO A HIGHER STANDARD AS WE DO ATHLETICS.I'VE BEEN TO ALOT OF PLACES,IN NO WAY COULD A INCUMBENT GET RE-ELECTED AFTER WHAT FLETCHER HAS DONE.HE SPEAKS OF BESHEAR BEING A ONE ISSUE CANDIDATE,WELL AS HE TRIES TO GET RE-ELECTED ALL YOU SEE IN HIS COMMERCIALS HIM TALKING ABOUT CASINOS AND HE LIED ON THAT CITY HE VISITED.IT WOULD SEEM TO ME HE WOULD BE TALKING ABOUT ALL HE'S DONE TO BETTER KY.HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS.THE UNBRIDLE SPIRIT SOUNDS GOOD BUT WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR THE PEOPLE OF KY.LATELY.IT APPEARS THAT FLETCHER IS THE ONE ISSUE CANDIDATE.I STRONGLY BELIEVE IF WE ARE GONNA BE TAKEN SERIOUS,BESHEAR IS IT AND FLETCHER NOT IT.FOR THE RECORD,THE CURRENT ADMIN.PRODUCED CORRUPTION AND IT STILL IS.

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