Kentucky Writer Says He'll Vote In Fall Governor's Race

PORT ROYAL, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky poet and author Wendell Berry says he'll be a reluctant voter in this year's general election.

Berry had written in the spring that he was avoiding the May primary race for governor because he did not want to pick "the least undesirable candidate."

Now, the 73-year-old writer says he's still feeling political dismay, but is planning to vote for Democrats in the November 6 election.

Berry, a former University of Kentucky English professor, and a prolific author, says he supported state Treasurer Jonathan Miller in the Democratic primary this spring because of his opposition to mountaintop removal.

Miller withdrew from the race before the election and endorsed former Lt. Gov. Steve Beshear, who is challenging Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher in the fall.

Berry says he's dissatisfied with Fletcher's first term, but called Beshear's support for legalized casino gambling "cheap politics."

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

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