Right now — will all precincts reporting in the Republican primary election–Louisville business owner Matt Bevin leads Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer of Tompkinsville by 83 votes out of 214,187 cast.
Comer wants a re-canvass. That means election officials will double check their math.
History is not on Comer’s side. Re-canvasses seldom change the outcomes in elections.
A full recount is a possibility. But if the re-canvass goes against Comer, a recount probably would, too.
Meanwhile, Matt Bevin is talking like he’s the winner, hands down.
The tea party-tilting Bevin insisted he was the most conservative Republican in the primary.
He made the same claim in last year’s GOP senatorial primary against Mitch McConnell.
On his Facebook page, Bevin bragged about having a good time with a Kentucky chapter of the John Birch Society, the far-right wing group that claimed President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Republican, was a communist dupe if not a traitor, that fluoridated drinking water was a communist scheme and that the civil rights movement was a secret communist plot to establish “a Negro Soviet Republic in the United States.”
The Birch Society is an ancestor of the tea party.
In any event, unions would lose big-time with a Gov. Bevin or a Gov. Comer.
Both of them are gloves-off union-busters.
Both of them support “right to work.”
Both of them oppose the prevailing wage.
Both of them oppose raising the minimum wage.
Their idea of “free enterprise” is union free.
Check out their websites.
Bevin’s: Our plan will update our current labor laws that currently result in self-inflicted economic wounds. This begins with passing comprehensive Right to Work legislation and eliminating prevailing wage requirements for state contracts.
Comer’s: A top priority of the Comer-McDaniel Administration will be to pass “Right to Work” legislation. “Right to Work” is a litmus test for many businesses looking to locate in Kentucky. Kentucky continues to be passed over by companies that could offer good paying jobs to Kentuckians. Passing “Right to Work” would be the single most effective piece of legislation to improve the business climate in Kentucky. I have a proven record of passing tough legislation through the General Assembly, and we pledge to pass “Right to Work” in the first legislative session as Governor.
Attorney General Jack Conway of Louisville, the Kentucky State AFL-CIO endorsed candidate, opposes right to work and favors the prevailing wage. He’s for boosting the state minimum wage.