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Pat Boone, Kentucky GOP: Electing Democratic governor will make Kentucky like San Francisco

by Michael Rogers

Special thanks to Good As You for
providing the audio.

The Republican Party of Kentucky has created a robo-call advertising campaign featuring singer Pat Boone warning that the election of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Steven Beshear will put a governor in office who supports "every homosexual cause."

Polls in the state predict an easy win for Bashear, with some placing Beshear as much as twenty-five percentage points ahead of Republican incumbent Governor Ernie Fletcher. The calls, being placed to residents of Kentucky in anticipation of Election Day tomorrow, feature the singer asking residents of Kentucky to support Fletcher.

In response to the calls and to an anti-gay, anti-Muslim mailer sent by the Republican Party of Virginia last week, Brad Luna, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign said, "The radical right continues to try and use the Karl Rove playbook of gay bashing to court a base group of voters."

"In the 2006 elections," continues Luna, "that strategy's effectiveness lost steam. Let's hope these off-year elections in the moderate to conservative states of Virginia and Kentucky continue that trend."

Andi Johnson, Republican Party of Kentucky spokesperson, told PageOneQ that the ad was produced and paid for by the Kentucky GOP. When asked if she thought the ad was a way to, as President Bush has made a goal, "unite rather than divide" the country, Johnson explained that she would "need to speak to the party chairman before answering any more questions."

In the message Boone says:

Hello friends this is Pat Boone a fellow Kentuckian by descent from grandaddy Dan'l. I've always been proud of Kentucky's stance on patriotic, military and moral issues; a great heritage. Now, as an American and a Christian I am very conservative about the upcoming governor's election. Ernie Fletcher is a typical Kentuckian, he's worked long and hard for the state, its people, and its traditions. And, of course, he has come under attack by political opponents and now he faces a man who wants his job who has consistently supported every homosexual cause: same sex marriage, gay adoption, special rights, to gay, lesbian, bisexual, even transgender individuals.

The problem (inaudible) gay advocacy groups (inaudible) enthusiastically endorse Beshear, knowing he's their guy. Kentuckians have already voted to amend the state constitution to prohibit same sex marriage. Now, do you want governor who'd like Kentucky to be like another San Francisco? Please reelect Ernie Fletcher.

This message paid for by the Kentucky Republican Party.

The entire message may be heard here.

Special thanks to Good As You for providing the audio.


Originally published on Monday November 5, 2007.

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