Lewis chimes in on future of 2nd District seat

Republican congressional candidate Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green “is going to be fine,” according to Ron Lewis, the Cecilia Republican Guthrie is looking to replace in the U.S. Congress this year.

Lewis, who is in Washington,  D.C. this week, said during an interview Tuesday that like Guthrie, he faced name recognition issues when he was first elected to Congress in 1994. But campaign cash and a widespread media campaign helped him overcome those challenges in first winning Kentucky’s 2nd District seat in Congress.

Lewis defeated Hardin County native Joe Prather in a special election in May 1994 to fill out the term of William Natcher, who died that March. Lewis then defeated former Owensboro Mayor David Adkisson that fall for his first full term in office.

“I think with the money that Brett has been able to raise, he will have no problem getting that name recognition,” Lewis said.

While Guthrie’s opponent, fellow state senator and Sorgho Democrat David Boswell, might not have problems with name recognition, he continues to lag behind Guthrie in financing his campaign.

Boswell is hoping to close that campaign cash gap with a fundraiser in the near future with former U.S. Senator and governor Wendell Ford and U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat and majority leader in the U.S. House.

Boswell said he is also working on large fundraisers in Louisville and Owensboro.

“We’re going to raise enough money to get the message out,” Boswell said.

Read more about Lewis’s take on the race and Boswell’s plans in tomorrow’s Messenger-Inquirer.

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