Despite the claims made by some in Frankfort, Kentucky is not in good shape. The recession that began at the end of the Bush presidency has continued through the Obama administration has hit us here in the commonwealth particularly hard.
Businesses are not coming here. Jobs and our children are leaving. The time has come for all of us, regardless of party and regional bias, to join hands and pull together in the same direction to produce a better, brighter future for us all.
It was unfortunate therefore to read that Commonwealth Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer, a prospective GOP nominee for governor next year, at the launch of his announcement of intentions at the highly notable Fancy Farm Picnic, proudly proclaimed that our state’s next chief executive “will not be from Louisville.”
Where the next governor comes from and lives with his or her family is not nearly as important as what the next governor intends to do for Kentucky.
Gov. Steve Beshear has had eight years to bring reform and growth to our state. He hasn’t, even if a good part of the blame can be affixed to policies coming down from Washington.
Our state needs a new leader with an agenda to bring jobs back to this state, regardless of where they end up — in Jefferson County or in another part of this great state.
At Fancy Farm, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer confirms he is running for governor. Aug. 2, 2014 Matt Stone, The Courier-Journal
Hopefully the Republicans, who I believe will be favored to win the next election, will find a candidate who understands that we are ONE state, with ONE agenda: to become a regional leader in finance, education, agriculture, in health care delivery, manufacturing and other areas that will keep jobs here and provide a future for our children and grandchildren.
A political strategy that pits the rest of the state against Louisville might have worked in years past. Kentucky is faced with many challenges and needs and deserves more than that now — things are too serious for more politics as usual.
Telling Louisville, Kentucky’s economic engine, that you need not apply is the mark of a not-ready-for-prime-time novice and a sad beginning.
Remember, Kentucky’s motto is “United We Stand, Divided We Fall.”
Jack Richardson IV is the former chair of the Jefferson County Republican Party.