LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky voters head to the polls on Tuesday to choose a governor. And Republican candidate David Williams sat down with Lindsay Allen on "WDRB in the Morning" for one of the final interviews of his campaign.
Recent polls show Williams is trailing Democratic incumbent Governor Steve Beshear by double digits. Williams believes he can still win. He says the governor has no accomplishments, and he wants voters to ask themselves some tough questions. He says Beshear does not have a finance plan for the new bridge, a vision for a balanced budget or what Williams calls a "real plan for real jobs."
The Williams campaign was very critical of Beshear and his participation in a Hindu prayer service. He says he never criticized Beshear for attending the ceremony. Williams says "I just think Governor Beshear needs to treat Christians and Hindus and other folks."
"For example, he didn't want to call a Christmas tree a Christmas tree; He didn't want to participate in the Bell County prayers before school."
Williams says he does not criticize anyone for their religion.
"The bottom line," Williams explains, "is that there is no place in government where anyone would discriminate against anyone for their creed for their religion."
Williams says he would attend any Hindu ceremony that was part of an official function, but he would not take part. Williams says his only regret is that the Hindu ceremony became an issue in the final days of campaign was the distraction. "I regret the distraction that Governor Beshear and others tried to disparage me as an intolerant person."
Williams says Kentucky needs a leader that understands that "the tax structure is broken, the pension system is unsustainable, and that we won't have the funds for basic services with a $500 million hole in the budget." He says the real issue that voters should consider is jobs. He claims Beshear does not have a pan to cut Kentucky's ten percent unemployment.
His detractors see Williams as a very divisive character in Frankfort in his role as in the Kentucky Senate. Williams point to Beshear's relationship with Democrats in the Kentucky House or Republicans in the state Senate. He vows to hold regular meetings with the legislative leadership to build consensus.
Williams says he has an agenda and has gone to the public to get support for his views. He says he criticized the Jefferson County Public School board for having too many people located in their central office. He says recommendations from an audit of the district affirmed what he had been saying.
Williams says JCPS also spends too much on busing students for the student assignment plan, that test scores are too low, and the remedies they've chosen are wrong. "Governors need to be involved in those issues," he says. "We don't want to take away any local control, but we have a responsibility."
Williams says Kentucky has an opportunity to have a real leader with bold ideas that can build consensus.
WDRB did offer Governor Steve Beshear several opportunities to join "WDRB in the Morning," but he has not been able to schedule the time.
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