GREENUP, Ky. — Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin made an appearance at a “Get Out The Vote Rally” in Greenup, Kentucky, in support of Tony Quillen. Quillen is the Republican nominee for the 98th House District in the Special Election that is to convene March 8.
On Tuesday, March 8, voters will choose between Quillen, or the Democratic Nominee, Lewis Nicholls for the seat of Rep. of the 98th District, to fulfill the unexpired term of former Rep. Tanya Pullin, who resigned and later sworn in as an Administrative Law Judge. The 98th District includes Greenup and part of Boyd Counties
Congressman Thomas Massie, 4th District, Republican opened the Rally, informing the audience that Quillen just wants to serve the people.
“One thing you got to know about Tony Quillen is he’s his own guy. You can’t say he’s just a Republican,” Massie said. “It took some arm twisting to get Tony to do this, because he is not a proud man, he doesn’t need titles he just wants to serve the people. I’ve known him for many years, when I was Judge Executive he was Commissioner here. I am so proud of this guy, we couldn’t have found a better man to run for this seat.”
Quillen started off by making reference to the Republican Caucus which took place earlier on Saturday at the Greenup Public Library.
“There’s a message today that was sent out from the Library. The message was, we’ve had enough of Washington,” Quillen said. “We need this new day. It has been year after year of them promising that we’re going to do better. Well Einstein said the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again, and expect a different result. Folks its got to be a new day, we’ve got to have a different result, and on Tuesday with your help we’re going to get that result. We have to have that crowd that we had today.”
When it was Gov. Bevin’s turn to speak, he got right to the heart of the issue, stating that he came to show his support for Quillen because he is simply the best candidate running.
“We will keep this short. You don’t need a big old political speech from me. I am here because I wanted to be here because this man is my friend,” Bevin said. “I am here because he (Quillen) is your best person running to be your Representative. I am here because I want him to be serving you in Frankfort simple as that.
Bevin offered suggestions to multiply votes in Quillen’s favor.
“I am asking you to talk to 20 of your friends,” Bevin said. “If everybody in this room intentionally in the next three days, if you intentionally call or email or talk to, go up and talk to people after church, talk to them tomorrow when you go out to eat if you do after church, or whatever the case might be or at work on Monday. If everyone in this room asked 20 people to vote, and asked each of those 20 people to just talk to 10 he will win this running away. We do have the enthusiasm. We do have the momentum. And the most important thing is we have the right values, and the right principles and the right approach on our side, this is not a political issue.”
Bevin went on to say that one of the things he admires most about Quillen is that he will fight for Kentucky.
One of the things I do greatly respect about him and greatly appreciate about him is that he is not a “Yes” man. He didn’t come in and blow smoke, and pretend that he agreed with me on everything,” Bevin said. “In fact, he made it very clear where his views were on everything, and one of the things that I admire about him is that he will fight for you. He’s not there to make me happy, he’s not there to make any other constituency other than those of you that will send him there, he will fight for Greenup and Boyd counties, simple as that. That’s who he’s there to work for, and you need him. I need him. The State of Kentucky needs him.”
Quillen told The Daily Times that his 18 years of experience as County Commissioner qualifies him for the Representative seat. He was also emphatic regarding how he can personally identify with every day issues people face.
“For 18 years I have been County Commissioner, and as County Commissioner I know about everyday problems that people live,” Quillen said. “I have told people that I am that working class guy that packs a Bologna sandwich that works out in the cold, that works out in the heat. I have lost a pension, so when they talk about losing a pension, the school teachers and the State workers losing a pension and are afraid of losing a pension I know what they’re talking about. When they talked about getting laid off I know what they’re talking about, I’ve been laid off. So those types of things make me an everyday person, and I know where they’re coming from.
Reestablishing order in the financial realm for Kentucky is at the top of Quillen’s agenda if he is elected.
“Another thing we have to get the State back on the right path financially,” Quillen said. “We’ve went budget, after budget, after budget, and last year’s putting it on another credit card, and its time for that to stop. It is time to get responsible with getting our pension and our other unfunded liabilities in order. The other thing is, we need to start creating jobs. We need to start creating jobs by getting responsible regulations, and get rid of the irresponsible ones and get common sense regulations.”
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