Ernie Fletcher is perhaps the best qualified person who has ever sought to become governor of Kentucky.
He's been a jet fighter pilot in the military, an engineer, a family physician, a lay minister, a state legislator and a U.S. congressman. He's a family man, still married to his high school sweetheart, Glenna, a registered nurse.
He's not a professional politician, but he's enough of a politician to have won three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and to have done an effective job in Washington. He's generally regarded as one of the most capable and well-informed members of the House, particularly on health-care issues.
Fletcher's runningmate on the Republican ticket, Stephen Pence, is not only fully capable of serving in the backup role of lieutenant governor, as a former state and federal prosecutor he would bring to state government invaluable expertise in fighting corruption, drug crime and terrorism - all major problems facing our state at this time.