Frankfort, Ky. (May 17, 2023) – With the Republican Primary behind us, the general election season is on. The Republican Party of Kentucky is ready to hold Governor Andy Beshear accountable and educate voters about how Kentucky can’t handle another four years of his disastrous leadership.
“The primary is over and now our attention turns to the fall and defeating Governor Beshear,” RPK spokesman Sean Southard said. “Governor Andy Beshear has failed the people of Kentucky. Fewer people are working today than when he took office. Our streets are less safe, flooded with drugs and crime. Students have suffered historic learning loss. And he has mismanaged the recovery efforts in Western and Eastern Kentucky. Kentucky can’t handle four more years of Andy Beshear. As we kick off the general election, the Republican Party of Kentucky is issuing a list of the ten reasons to fire Andy Beshear this November and replace him with Daniel Cameron who will be a strong leader and deliver for Kentucky.”
10 reasons to fire Andy Beshear are:
- Andy Beshear has mismanaged the economy and Kentuckians are paying for it.
- Under Andy Beshear, Kentucky has become more dangerous with drugs and crime rising to historic highs.
- Under Andy Beshear, students suffered enormous learning loss and he has yet to present a serious recovery plan.
- When crises strike, Andy Beshear is quick to jump in front of the cameras but botches the actual response.
- Andy Beshear has a blatant disregard for parents’ rights and his education commissioner is pushing a radical agenda in our schools.
- Andy Beshear does not share Kentucky’s values.
- Andy Beshear is hostile to religious freedom.
- Andy Beshear is weak on election security.
- When Andy Beshear doesn’t get his way, he sues.
- The Beshears have been running Frankfort for years. Isn’t it time for a change?
Reason 1: Andy Beshear has mismanaged the economy and Kentuckians are paying for it.
Despite all of his talk about the economy being “on fire,” there are fewer Kentuckians working today than the day Andy Beshear took office.
Andy Beshear has supported every reckless Biden spending bill, which Obama’s former chief economist says caused 40-year high inflation. Then, when confronted with Biden’s Inflation Tax on families trying to feed their families and fill their gas tanks, Andy Beshear belittled and opposed Republican-led tax reform which cut the income tax of every Kentuckian. That’s got to be part of the reason why a national group gave Andy a “D” for fiscal policy last year.
Many Kentuckians agree that the economy is “on fire,” but not in the way Andy Beshear means. They know the Biden-Beshear economy is a raging dumpster fire burning up the wallets of hardworking Kentuckians.
Reason 2: Under Andy Beshear, Kentucky has become more dangerous with drugs and crime rising to historic highs.
We just can’t trust Andy Beshear to keep us safe. During his time in office, Louisville has reached the highest number of homicides in history, even outpacing Chicago and Philadelphia’s homicide rates. These homicides are not confined to our urban centers, either: in 2020, rural Kentucky saw a nearly 70 percent increase in homicides on Andy Beshear’s watch.
Drugs and crime have surged during Andy’s time in office, and he has not provided an adequate response. Deadly drugs like fentanyl have flooded our state, and we have seen the highest number of overdose deaths in our state’s history. Andy Beshear has sat on his hands while people die in our state.
Further, Andy’s Justice and Public Safety Cabinet has been plagued with problems since the moment he took office. A review of his record at the Department of Juvenile Justice shows an administration in total disarray: riots, allegations of sexual assault, a lack of staffing, and then the associated cover-up.
Reason 3: Under Andy Beshear, students suffered enormous learning loss and he has yet to present a serious recovery plan.
Andy Beshear likes to say he’s the greatest public education governor in Kentucky history, but he can’t say that when students have suffered a historic decline in learning on his watch and he has yet to present a serious and comprehensive plan to address educational challenges. His failure to deliver on promises to be the most pro-education governor in Kentucky history is a significant reason for him to be expelled from the Governor’s mansion.
Additionally, he has consistently opposed giving parents additional options when it comes to education, meaning he also deprived them of ways to find nontraditional educational opportunities to help students recover.
Reason 4: When crises strike, Andy Beshear is quick to jump in front of the cameras but botches the actual response.
Andy Beshear’s leadership runs state agencies into the ground. He can’t even run our state’s unemployment system. It failed in the face of his economic shutdown during 2020, and his own Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman prioritized the claims of friends and allies instead of everyday Kentuckians. An audit revealed his Office of Unemployment had 400,000 unread emails of people seeking to check on their unemployment claims. And last year, we learned not only that the system is still not fixed – it won’t be until years from now.
Beshear’s mishandling of disaster responses, including in both the west and the east, showcases his inability to manage crisis situations.
Instead of ensuring that the aid reaches those who were most affected by the devastating 2021 tornadoes, Andy Beshear sent an untold amount of relief money to people unaffected by the tornadoes.
Further, recent news reports show that his Eastern Kentucky flood clean up is an unmitigated disaster of its own. His incompetent administration is terrorizing survivors of the Eastern Kentucky floods, bulldozing down homes without the consent of property owners and destroying what little remains of their most valuable belongings.
Reason 5: Andy Beshear has a blatant disregard for parents’ rights and his education commissioner is pushing a radical agenda in our schools.
On his first day in office, Andy Beshear removed every single Republican from the state board of education and created a board comprised solely of Democrats. They then began to fulfill Andy Beshear’s campaign promise to “select a new commissioner on day two” of his administration. His campaign promised that the new commissioner would share his “objectives and priorities for public education.”
Beshear’s Education Commissioner then told public school teachers who didn’t want to comply with his and local school district guidance on its radical gender theory to find another job.
Andy Beshear also refused to sign a bill that gave parents more control over the material in schools.
Reason 6: Andy Beshear does not share Kentucky’s values.
Just like Joe Biden, Andy Beshear pretends to be a moderate, but in reality he is the most progressive governor in the history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He has refused to support bills combatting critical race theory, he has vetoed bills banning biological boys from competing in girls’ sports and preventing minors from accessing sex change surgery and puberty blockers. Andy Beshear is the most radical governor Kentucky has ever had.
Reason 7: Andy Beshear is hostile to religious freedom.
Throughout his time in office, Andy Beshear has been openly hostile to religious liberty. His decision to send state troopers to churches on Easter Sunday during the pandemic demonstrated his hostility to religious freedom. He singled out those seeking to practice their faith, but allowed protests to break out in Louisville. Now, Kentucky taxpayers are on the hook for more than $270,000 for his church shutdowns.
There’s nobody that Andy won’t sacrifice to the far left: including orphaned children. When it came time for the renewal of a state contract with a Christian adoption agency that placed orphaned children in homes, Andy Beshear dragged his feet and it was only after a U.S. Supreme Court decision ruled in favor of religious adoption agencies that Andy Beshear finally renewed the contract.
Andy Beshear consistently refuses to stand up for religious liberty, infringing on the constitutional rights of Kentuckians.
Reason 8: Andy Beshear is weak on election security.
On election integrity, Andy Beshear has opposed most reforms to improve confidence in our elections. When he vetoed a bill requiring a photo ID to vote, Andy Beshear said requiring a photo contributed to “undermining our democracy.” He further doubled down on his weak election security measure by vetoing a series of bipartisan reforms like requiring a full transition to paper ballots by 2024 and placing voting machines under video surveillance during non-voting hours.
Reason 9: When Andy Beshear doesn’t get his way, he sues.
When Andy Beshear isn’t able to stop legislation he dislikes, he throws a temper tantrum like a toddler with a law degree. When the legislature overrode his veto of a bill cracking down on those trying to bribe legislators, he sued. When it overrode his veto of a bill restoring a balance of power over his long term, haphazard, and reckless executive orders, he sued (and lost). And this year, after a productive legislative session for Republicans, he said he would soon be involved in even more lawsuits against the General Assembly.
Reason 10: The Beshears have been running Frankfort for years. Isn’t it time for a change?
After nearly 12 years of Beshears in the Governor’s mansion, isn’t it time for a change? Kentucky needs fresh leadership and a new vision to address the challenges facing Kentucky and to restore confidence in the governor’s office.