Gatewood Galbraith never held office inside the state capitol. He lost of a bunch of races, but no one is calling him a perennial loser, in fact almost everyone had the utmost respect for him.
“One of the most colorful characters on the political scene,” said Ky House Speaker Greg Stumbo when honoring Gatewood Galbraith Wednesday.
“Whether you agreed with Gatewood or didn’t, you admired the courage he had in advocating his convictions,” said Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg.
And Wednesday afternoon the Kentucky House held a moment of silence and a citation was read honoring him.
“The Commonwealth of Kentucky does adjourn its legislative day in loving memory and honor of Lewis Gatewood Galbraith,” the clerk read.
Both Stumbo and lobbyist Bob Babbage ran against him in gubernatorial primaries.
“He was so terribly honest, so authentic, so original. If you looked in the dictionary under 'one of a kind,' you’d certainly see his picture,” said Babbage who ran aside Gatewood in a Democratic primary.
“I think one of the most admirable things that could ever be said about someone is that they had the courage to stand up for what they believe,” said Stumbo.
Senate President David Williams, who ran against him in the most recent gubernatorial election released a statement stating that :
“I was saddened by Gatewood’s passing. He and I have been friends for almost 4 decades. His wit, humor, and intellect made him one of the most intriguing of Kentucky individuals. “