Despite telling President Barack Obama to “get of our backs” — and distancing himself as much as possible from him — Governor Steve Beshear is still going to support his reelection next year.
After Beshear’s 15-minute speech at the national convention of Young Democrats of America in Louisville last night — that neglected to mention Obama or Republicans, and decried partisan politics — LEO Weekly asked him if he will be supporting Obama’s reelection next year.
“Uh, yeah, I’ve already said that I’ll be supporting President Obama for re-election. I’ll continue to disagree with him where we disagree and fight for what I think is best for Kentucky, but I’ll be supporting him.”
This statement – which to our knowledge is actually a first in public and on the record — came after a day in which Beshear’s avoidance of Obama was bigger news than usual.
The AP discovered that the infamous “Snubgate” — Beshear going to a horse race instead of Ft. Campbell to meet with Obama and the Bin Laden killers — might not have actually been a snub at all, as internal administration emails show that Obama never gave Beshear a formal invitation. Despite the fact that many were lambasting the governor over his decision, he never revealed this piece of information (except to comedian/UK basketball rapper extraordinaire Daniel Solzman, who scooped everyone in the lamestream media by two months).
Beshear even passed on assigning blame in the debt ceiling hostage crisis in DC at a Frankfort press conference:
When pressed to say if any one person or party was to blame, Beshear said “I include everyone in Washington D.C. that has anything to do with this.”
“No matter what party is in charge, the other party’s first goal seems to be to not let them accomplish anything. I think that’s bad for the people of this country,” he said.
So “get off our backs!” and “Obama 2011!” I guess.