FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Ernie Fletcher has taken a stronger
stand against a proposal to change Kentucky's constitution to allow
casino gambling, his campaign manager said Wednesday.
Fletcher, an ordained Baptist minister, has long held that he is
personally opposed to casino gambling but would leave the issue up
to the voters if a gambling referendum made it on the ballot. On
Wednesday, campaign manager Marty Ryall said Fletcher would now
fight against any proposal to put the issue on the ballot in
The position draws a sharp contrast between Fletcher and his
Democratic opponent, Steve Beshear, who has made legalizing casino
gambling the key issue in his campaign.
Ryall said the fall election should be a referendum on the
matter: Voters who support legalized gambling should support
Beshear, while those who oppose the idea should cast their votes
for the governor.
"It is the defining issue of this campaign," Ryall said.
Beshear spokesman Robert Kellar said he thought this was a "new
position" coming from the governor.
"He has been wildly inconsistent on this issue," Kellar said.
"It's painfully obvious that when you're fighting for your
political life you'll take any position you have to."
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