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Senate President David Williams: With the right running mate, run for governor could be “wonderful time”

August 5, 2010

Kentucky Senate President David Williams, a Burkesville Republican

Senate President David Williams told the Messenger-Inquirer’s editorial board today that with the right running mate, a bid for governor in 2011 could make for a “wonderful time.”

Williams, a Burkesville Republican, said polling has shown that when he’s paired with Agricultural Commissioner Richie Farmer in the number two slot, a Williams-Farmer ticket would run even with a Democratic ticket of Gov. Steve Beshear and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson.

“If I get the right running mate, it’ll be a wonderful time,” Williams said.

Williams was in Owensboro today to participate in an announcement that the Owensboro Cancer Research Program would receive $4.5 million in funding from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the state Bucks for Brains program.

Williams has previously responded positively to speculation that he’s considering a run for governor next year. A veteran of more than two decades in the Kentucky General Assembly, Williams said he would be able to work with the legislature in a way that Beshear has been unable to, and would be a more active governor than Beshear.

“The governor is risk averse,” Williams told the editorial board. “He’s timid when he ought to be aggressive, and aggressive when it won’t do him any good.”

While some have said that Williams’ negatives are too high with the voting public, Williams said that’s not the case. A spokesman for Farmer told the Lexington Herald-Leader late last month that Farmer’s decision about his future will be made “sooner rather than later.”

The Republican field saw its first entry last week when Louisville businessman Phil Moffett announced he will be seeking the office, with state Rep. Mike Harmon as his running mate. Moffett has said he hopes to win the support of the tea party movement in his bid for the governor’s office.

Williams stopped in Owensboro on his way to Saturday’s Fancy Farm political picnic, and said while he will be attending Republican events on Friday night and Saturday morning, he’ll miss the main political speaking Saturday afternoon.

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