It’s a rarity. Steve Beshear, the incumbent governor of Kentucky, is actually going to show up for a campaign debate tonight.
This could be scary. The gubernatorial debate is at 8 p.m. eastern tonight.
Shhhh…but we better not say “debate” too loud because Beshear, for the most part, has refused to participate in any event called a “debate.” If he hears this, he might get spooked and change his mind.
His two opponents, Senate President David Williams, a Republican, and Independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith have both been working hard in this campaign, always willing to show up and take the heat.
But not Beshear.
Of course, I’m not surprised the incumbent governor didn’t show up at last month’s KET debate on education. When you’re governor of a state with tanking graduation rates, high remediation rates and a widening achievement gap between black and white students in your largest school district, it’s really tough to come up with spin that’s even halfway believable.
The only K-12 education policy Beshear has had is to try and force kids to keep showing up at school until they’re 18. How ironic — coming from an elected official who doesn’t show up to defend his policies (whatever those may be exactly).
With high unemployment rates, a tanking economy, high tax rates, a lack of public school choice and the stranglehold that labor unions have on this commonwealth, taxpayers and voters should be outraged at Beshear’ hide-and-seek strategy.