The Republican rally at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds Friday night had all of the usual trappings, a lot of red, white and blue and local political candidates dishing up barbeque, but it also drew candidates for national office with some interesting messages.
To much applause, the Republican challenger to 6th District Congressman Ben Chandler, Andy Barr, told the crowd, “I’m running to replace Ben Chandler and retire Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.” Barr’s boilerplate conservative platform of “Stop the spending, balance the budget and reduce the deficit,” was well received by the several hundred GOP members present.
Barr, a 47-year old Lexington attorney and Constitutional Law professor at UK, is one of 46 candidates nationwide identified as “young guns” by the Republican National Committee that has committed $1.1 million to his campaign against incumbent Chandler.
Though he won’t be running until 2012, Kentucky State Senate President David Williams was laying the groundwork for his campaign for governor. After taking the podium, Williams bluntly said, “I’m pro-life, pro-gun and anti-tax,” which seemed to resonate with the GOP faithful.