Newspapers Endorse Beshear In Race Against Incumbent Fletcher

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's major newspapers lined up
behind Democrat Steve Beshear this fall as an alternative to Gov.
Ernie Fletcher, whose term has been hindered by a patronage

Beshear, a Democrat and former lieutenant governor, picked up
endorsements from at least eight newspapers across the state.
Fletcher, a Republican, has yet to score an editorial board

"Gov. Ernie Fletcher was elected in 2003 on a pledge to 'clean
up the mess in Frankfort.' Instead, he created a bigger mess," The
Winchester Sun said.

Fletcher spokesman Jason Keller said "liberal editorial
boards" did not have the same values as the governor. Keller noted
that Fletcher had received endorsements, however, from other
organizations such as the Kentucky Right to Life, the National
Rifle Association and the Family Foundation.

"These are the organizations that best represent Kentucky's
values and recognize the governor's record of accomplishment over
the past four years," Keller said.

Still, The Advocate-Messenger in Danville said Beshear's record
in state government had proven he knows how to be a leader, while
Fletcher did not.

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