Ben Chandler and Ernie Fletcher differ on some key issues, but both men are legitimate candidates who have held public office and been under public scrutiny for some years. Sensible people will reach different conclusions about which candidate is best in the governor's race, but no matter who wins, Kentucky will probably be okay once we get beyond the dispiriting and misleading television ads of both men.
The same cannot be said about the race for state auditor. Even a quick glance at the Web sites of the two candidates confirms the suspicion that one got from hearing them both on KET: There has rarely been a less competent person running for statewide office than Linda Greenwell, and there has rarely been a more competent person than Crit Luallen.
Greenwell's Web site lists three endorsements: the Kentucky Motorcycle Association, Political Housing of Northern KY and a former governor. Her stated "platform" is so vague as to be an insult to voters: eliminate waste and expose fraud. In contrast, Luallen's Web site details the responsibilities of auditor, her endorsements from many statewide organizations, and her extraordinary preparation for this office, including state budget director and secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet.