We had an extraordinary turn out at last Thursday's rally in Corbin for Steve Beshear and Daniel Mongiardo. 11am rallies on a weekday usually result in a low turn out but Democrats and Republicans stopped by the Corbin Technology Center to meet Democratic gubernatorial nominee Steve Beshear and Lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Daniel Mongiardo.
Ryan Alessi wrote in his Trail Mix column that the Republicans for Beshear, Mongiardo and Hendrickson turned out to support their candidates. A dear friend and Shawnee Brother Chuck Holden, a registered Republican, brought his 4'x8' Republicans for Beshear, Mongiardo and Hendrickson sign to the rally. Holden and other Native people's in Kentucky are upset with Governor Fletcher for appointing a banished Indian to the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission. Being banished is a tops on the serious scale for most all Native Peoples.
Chuck Holden, a lifelong Republican and retired military veteran from Corbin, was responsible for the sign and a loose coalition of GOP voters who claim to be backing Beshear. Holden said he knows of "at least 30" Republicans in Whitley and Laurel counties who will be supporting Beshear instead of Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher.
"They pretty much feel the way I do -- that it's embarrassing to be a Republican in this state right now," Holden said.
I was even surprised when Corbin City Manager Bill Ed Cannon walked through the door and even more surprised when he answered one of Alessi's questions or I should say did not answer one of Alessi's questions in regards to how he would vote on election day.
One of Corbin's GOP officials, City Manager Bill Ed Cannon, also attended the Beshear rally, although he wouldn't say whom he's supporting on Nov. 6. "It doesn't make any difference what party you're with, the people in Frankfort work for us, and we need to work with those people," he said, adding that the Fletcher administration and that of his predecessor, Democrat Paul Patton, have helped the Corbin area.
Cannon warmly greeted Beshear when they met in the lobby of the Corbin Center for Technology. Beshear assured Cannon that, if elected, he would work with communities regardless of the party affiliation of local officials. "After this election, we're all Kentuckians," he said. "We've all got to work together."
Even though we are fighting today (Democrats - Republicans), after the election we need to patch things up and prepare for the 08 session. We need to hold our elected officials accountable and force them to represent us the way WE see fit.