Saturday, September 04, 1999

Governor's race heats up in N.Ky.

Reform Party's Galbraith coming

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — Reform Party gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith will bring his campaign to Northern Kentucky later this month.

        Mr. Galbraith will be in the region Sept. 17 to hold a campaign fund-raiser, appear on a Cincinnati radio talk show and speak out against auto emissions testing that began this week in Northern Kentucky.

        With the GOP failing to field a strong candidate in this year's challenge to Democratic incumbent Gov. Paul Patton, Mr. Galbraith believes the heavily Republican counties in Northern Kentucky are fertile ground for finding votes.

        “People are disgusted with what's going on politically in this state and in this governor's race, and that makes me tickled to death,” Mr. Gatewood said.

        “Republicans are looking for a viable candidate to beat Mr. Patton, and they aren't going to get that in Peppy Martin” (the Republican gubernatorial candidate), Mr. Galbraith said.

        Mr. Galbraith said his platform “has a lot of the principles that Republicans hold near and dear to their hearts.

        “But the Republican Party has dropped the ball when it to comes to issues like small government, less taxes, property rights and gun ownership,” he said.

        Walton resident Bernard Kunkel, well-known in local political circles for supporting conservative Republican candidates, is hosting the

        fund-raiser for Mr. Galbraith.

        “Gatewood promotes the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of Kentucky,” Mr. Kunkel said.

        “He's very much in favor of the Second Amendment (right to bear arms) and property rights, and he's somebody a lot of people could rally behind,” he said.

        Another Republican who has been active in party politics, Melbourne resident Craig Brown, has joined the Galbraith campaign to help handle media.

        “I'm still a Republican, but Gatewood is the only alternative we have in this year's governor's race,” Mr. Brown said. “There is no other choice as far as I'm concerned, and there are a lot of people who feel the same way.”

        While in Northern Kentucky, Mr. Galbraith plans to hold a press conference to express his opposition to auto emissions testing.

        The program, mandated by the federal government, is designed to reduce auto emissions and smog in the region.

        Mr. Galbraith contends it is large industrial companies which need to reduce emissions, not individual vehicle owners.

        “This is an unnecessary tax on the people of Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties, and another example of the people paying the price tag for corporate welfare in this state,” he said.

        Mr. Galbraith is also scheduled to appear on the WLW radio talk show hosted weekday mornings by Mike McConnell.


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