Notes from the 2nd District Farm Bureau forum

More news from the Farm Bureau forum for 2nd District congressional candidates David Boswell and Brett Guthrie Monday night in Elizabethtown…

  • Not sure if it was just for the forum, but the Republican Party of Kentucky paid for a flyer about Guthrie, a Bowling Green Republican, and agriculture issues that supporters were handing out before the forum. Titled “Brett Guthrie, a Congressman Agriculture Can Trust,” the flyer listed Guthrie’s support for the repeal of the “death tax,” which is the name commonly used by Republicans for the estate tax; a comprehensive energy plan; and “fair access to markets” for Kentucky’s farmers. The comments by Guthrie and Boswell, a Sorgho Democrat, showed little if any difference between the men on these issues.
  • In the crowd of about 75 was Kayi Lewis, the wife of U.S. Rep. Ron Lewis who currently holds the seat Guthrie and Boswell want to fill.
  • Boswell said after the forum that having an opponent in the May primary has actually turned out to be a positive. “At first I thought the primary was not such a good thing, but as it’s turned out, it’s given me an opportunity to reconnect with a lot of people that I’ve met through the years and I haven’t seen in a long time and rekindle friendships and enthusiasm.” Boswell defeated Daviess County Judge-Executive Reid Haire in the May 20 primary.
  • Boswell also said a fundraiser with U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat and the majority leader in the House, has been tentatively set for Sept. 18 in Washington, D.C.
  • Boswell was hopeful that newly selected vice presidential candidate Joseph Biden, a Deleware Senator and Barack Obama’s running mate, would come to Kentucky to campaign, and perhaps even stop in Daviess County. Biden’s sister-in-law, Sara Jones Biden, grew up in Owensboro and Biden made a stop in the city in 2006 for the Wendell H. Ford Picnic. “He’s very popular back home,” Boswell told reporters. “I’m not sure what his schedule is.”
  • The candidates received questionnaires from the Kentucky Farm Bureau to fill out and turn back in by early next month. Their answers will then be shared with Farm Bureau members and be released the public through the bureau’s public affairs office.
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