Scott Jennings, a spokesman for Guthrie’s campaign issued the following statement after Leach’s announcement.
“Representative Guthrie is focused on balancing the federal budget, repealing and replacing Obamacare with health care solutions that bring down costs for working families, and passing legislation that makes it easier for Kentuckians to find good paying jobs. Brett looks forward to continuing to fight for conservative values in the weeks and months ahead.”
Leach didn’t shy away from distinguishing his views on the economy and the middle class from Republican positions.
“For 20 years they’ve abandoned the middle class, attacked workers and enriched the few,” Leach said.
Asked how he might respond to Republican attempts to link him to Democratic President Barack Obama’s policies, Leach said, “I’m siding with the Kentuckians of the Second District who have not been represented in Congress since the passing of Congressman (William) Natcher.”
Natcher was a Democrat from Bowling Green who represented the district for nearly 40 years before his death. Republicans have held the seat since then.
Leach’s biography on his campaign website (www.ronleach4ky.com) indicates he has a BS in agriculture and education from Ohio State University and a BS in Medical Science. He served in the Army as an enlisted man and non-commissioned officer before becoming a commissioned officer and eventually attaining the rank of Major and serving as a physician’s assistant.
He served four combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, including the final time with Third Brigade Combat Team from Ft. Knox.
Leach said his campaign will file a Federal Election Campaign report by July 15. He said the campaign is still crunching numbers and declined to say how much he’s raised.
Connelly, his campaign manager is a West Virginia native who previously worked on John Edwards’ presidential campaign in Iowa and for the Iowa Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign for Heidi Heitkamp’s successful U.S. Senate race.