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Kentucky Voters Not Swayed By Gay-Baiting, Elect Steve Beshear

The ugly gay-baiting going on in the Kentucky gubernatorial Race between incumbent Republican Ernie Fletcher and Democrat Steve Beshear failed to sway voters in the state.

BeshearBeshear crushed Fletcher, winning nearly 60 percent of the vote.

The Courier-Journal reports: "The election was clearly a repudiation of Fletcher, who was seriously damaged by a scandal over his administration's hiring abuses in the state merit system. Fletcher refused to testify before a grand jury, was indicted on three misdemeanor counts -- later dismissed -- and pardoned those around him who had been charged."

In the end, the only place Fletcher felt he could find support, apparently, . Good riddance.

More Robo-Calls and Biblical Scare Tactics in Kentucky Gov Race [tr]
Pat Boone Helms Homophobic Robo-calls in Kentucky Governor Race [tr]
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More Robo-Calls and Biblical Scare Tactics in Kentucky Gov Race

KentuckygovsThe Kentucky gubernatorial campaign is getting even crazier. Yesterday I posted about Christian warbler Pat Boone's automated robo-calls warning voters about the "San Francisco values" of leading Democrat Steve Beshear.

Another set of robo-calls has gone out now, linking Beshear to "the homosexual lobby" and directing them to the website of The Fairness Campaign, a gay rights advocacy group that has endorsed Beshear. The calls say: "Beshear is receiving major support from out-of-state gay activists and has publicly committed to same-gender relationships, employment of more homosexuals in state government, including teachers, and support for homosexual adoption of children. "If you believe these rights are fair, please vote for Steve Beshear for governor."

KentuckyetencommandmentsOne voter told the Associated Press that the calls were "the ugliest thing I've heard in an election probably in my lifetime."

Incumbent governor Ernie Fletcher, trailing Beshear in the calls, denies having anything to do with them.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports: "Beshear is 'far left of Kentucky values,' Fletcher said at a brief news conference at Blue Grass Airport. Fletcher ran down a list of issues important to social conservatives, including abortion, gay marriage and casinos, which he opposes, and posting the Ten Commandments in public buildings, which he supports. His campaign later challenged Beshear to explain his views on gay marriage, which is unconstitutional in Kentucky."

While the source of the calls remains a mystery, Fletcher's desperation is obvious. Yesterday, he ordered the Ten Commandments be put on display in the Capitol Rotunda, a move he said had nothing to do with the election.

Pat Boone Helms Homophobic Robo-calls in Kentucky Governor Race


The gubernatorial race in Kentucky between Ernie Fletcher and Steve Beshear is heading into its final days. Beshear has a double-digit lead in the polls and it appears the state GOP is pulling out its biggest fear tactic in the eleventh hour — gays. They've paid for two robo-calls voiced by Christian warbler Pat Boone to go out to voters in the state warning them about Beshear's positions on gay rights.

KentuckygovsThe first ad warns: "His opponent is so ultra-liberal he’s just been enthusiastically endorsed by C-FAIR, a prominent gay rights advocacy group. They’re convinced Beshear is their guy. Now you have to ask, 'Do you really want Kentucky to become another San Francisco?' Please re-elect Ernie Fletcher."

And here's what the second, longer spot has to say:

"Hello friends. This is Pat Boone - a fellow Kentuckian by descent from granddaddy Dan'l. I've always been proud of Kentucky's stance on patriotic, military and moral issues - a great heritage. Now, as an American and a Christian I'm very concerned about the upcoming governor's election. Ernie Fletcher is a typical Kentuckian. He's worked long and hard for the state, its people, and its traditions. And of course he's come under attack by political opponents. And now, he faces a man who wants his job, who has consistently supported every homosexual cause - same-sex marriage, gay adoption, special rights to gay, lesbian, bisexual even transgender individuals. The prominent gay advocacy group CFAIR just enthusiastically endorsed Beshear, knowing he's their guy. Kentuckians have already voted to amend the state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage. Now, do you want a governor who would like Kentucky to be another San Francisco? Please re-elect Ernie Fletcher. This message paid for by the Republican Party of Kentucky."

Listen to them both here.

Kentucky GOP Pushing Anti-Gay Message In Final Days Of Gov Race [talking points memo]


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