Beshear ready for lawmakers to move expanded gambling forward

Governor Beshear is optimistic there will be enough support in the typical conservative leaning…Republican Senate to push an amendment to let Kentucky voters decide on expanded gambling.

“I think we have 23 people in the Senate who said they are supportive of putting the question on the ballot,” said Gov. Beshear, D-Kentucky.

Beshear says he’s working with Senator Damon Thayer on such a proposal, who’s come under fire by some conservative leaning groups who question his personal benefit from gambling interests helping the horse industry.

“I certainly think that Sen. Williams is doing everything he can to defeat the amendment,” said the Governor.

“What he’s trying to do is intimidate me. He’s trying to intimidate my opposition to expanded gambling,” countered Sen. Williams, R-Burkesville.

Thayer and Williams may not be on the same page as far as the gambling issue….but Thayer downplayed any riff between the two Republicans..or anyone else trying to influence his role.

“I don’t easily intimidate. And I’m going to do what I think is right. I was elected to lead not to follow,” said Thayer, R-Georgetown.

Thayer could file legislation that the Governor says will contain a very general proposal.

“This amendment is not a contest between Sen. Williams and me. That contest was decided on Nov. 8th and we won that contest,” said Beshear.

“I’ve got a message for the Governor. Governor, no one likes a poor winner. And that’s what he’s turned out to be, a poor winner,” said Williams.

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