Last week, our local paper ran an article predicting what we can expect from the Kentucky race for Governor between Steve Beshear and David Williams. In it, UK political scientist Steve Voss was quoted as saying he expects Williams will "have to get nasty," and that "he has no choice."
Well, I believe Senator Williams definitely has a choice. And if he hopes to run strongly in November, I'd encourage him to skip the nastiness.
Why shouldn't he? After 24 years in public office it's not as if he doesn't have any accomplishments of his own to speak of. Williams has presided over the State Senate since 2000 with an indisputably strong hand. He's won national awards as "Legislator of the Year." And he's undeniably popular in his home region and many others throughout the state.
Meanwhile, Kentucky's voters have been subjected to so much mud-slinging for so long now that I'm convinced they've had enough.
So my advice to Senator Williams – and Governor Beshear, for that matter – is to keep it positive this time around. Since the winner will be officially referred to as "The Honorable (fill in the blank)," it'd be nice to think both men will conduct themselves during the campaign in a way that actually earns that title.
What do you think? Are you sick of negative campaigning or does it help you make a choice?
Call and let us know.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.