Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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August 17, 2009

Beshear defends appearances with Webb

Republicans charge it's misuse of public funds

FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear said Monday there’s nothing wrong with his appearing with a state Senate candidate while distributing state and federal grants for local projects.

Last Thursday, Democratic candidate Robin Webb, who is running in a special election for the 18th Senate District, appeared with Beshear while he handed out grants in Greenup, Lewis and Mason counties, all in the 18th District.

Webb, currently a member of the House, represents Carter and Lewis counties, and it’s not unusual for state representatives of either party to come along when the governor comes to down bearing gifts.

But Republicans have criticized Beshear for using state resources to boost Webb’s candidacy against Republican Dr. Jack Ditty of Bellefonte in Greenup County and Independent Guy E. Gibbons Jr. of Argillite in Greenup County. On Monday, First Lady Jane Beshear announced a $1.3 million for horse camping sites at Carter County Caves State Resort Park, appearing with Webb at the state park.

“That’s part of a push on adventure tourism that’s been planned for some time and Carter Caves is one of the areas that can really benefit from that,” Gov. Beshear said Monday. The First Lady has been a proponent of adventure tourism to boost Kentucky’s economy, especially in eastern Kentucky.

Beshear said he did nothing differently last week in the 18th District than he or other governors routinely do across the state.

“These kinds of projects and grants have been ongoing since I became governor,” Beshear said. “On Wednesday we were in western Kentucky in several places with water and sewer project announcements and other types of announcements. We were in eastern Kentucky the next day. This is an ongoing effort by my administration to improve the quality of life for our people.”

Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson was less sanguine.

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