The following is Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Chandler's response to the Advocate's endorsement Sunday of Republican Ernie Fletcher.
My opponent says it is time for a change in Kentucky. I couldn't agree more.
The real question is: What kind of change do we want?
Do Kentuckians want a governor who is beholden to the Washington insiders and big special interests or a governor who has the courage and independence to stand up to the powerful industries and political big-guns?
I've taken on big telemarketers, drug companies, crooked nursing home operators, even members of my own party. I have put forward a detailed plan outlining how I will create 100,000 new jobs, bring down the cost of prescription drugs, improve our schools by reducing class size, and clean up state government.
The largest newspapers in the state say my "independence, record and courage" prove that I am the person in this race who can change the way business is done in Frankfort, and it's a belief shared by teachers, working men and women, police officers, and nurses who all are supporting my campaign.