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Getting it Done in Prestonsburg

A Real Rally in Prestonsburg - Getting it Done for Kentucky

The Mountain Parkway winds its way south from Lexington to Prestonsburg, where it doesn’t take long to realize you’re in Stumbo Country. And when eastern Kentucky’s favorite native son launches a run for office, Greg Stumbo’s friends come from all around – from Salyersville, Pikeville, Hazard and Stanton.

On Thursday night, more than 500 of those folks came out on a rainy night in Prestonsburg to whoop it up for one of their own – and to cheer on the Campaign for Change ticket of Bruce Lunsford and Greg Stumbo.

It didn’t take long for the crowd to warm up to Bruce, who grew up on a farm in Kenton County, and said he wanted to come back to the Wilkinson-Stumbo Convention Center as an “adopted son of eastern Kentucky.” He and Greg energetically worked the room, making new friends, shaking hands and posing for pictures while a local band trumpeted their arrival in the room.

Kids wore oversized Lunsford-Stumbo t-shirts in the standing-room only crowd. Everyone walked away with bumper stickers, signs and even red and blue M&Ms with Lunsford and Stumbo printed on them.

Of course, the star attraction of the night was Stumbo, whose emotional speech to his base of supporters showed why he’s one of the most gifted speakers in the Commonwealth. Flanked by his family on stage, Stumbo talked about the astute analysis by his seven-year-old daughter Kassidy. She summed it up in a few short words. Don’t focus on the past, because there’s no future in it.

The idea meshed well with Bruce’s message that while others in Frankfort have talked about getting things done, “We’re gonna get it done.” That phrase struck a chord in the room, with the entire audience joining in at one point with Bruce, chanting “We’re gonna get it done.” Standing onstage with his three daughters, Bruce hammered home his message that he will make the region proud.

Still, it was hard to top the speech given by United Steelworkers Local 18541 president Charles Cantrell, who was the first to endorse the ticket. Despite some criticism from other unions for the endorsement, the 45-year president said Lunsford-Stumbo are true advocates for working families and strong supporters of labor. He said he‘s proud to be the first aboard the Lunsford-Stumbo bandwagon. He said he believes in Stumbo and Lunsford, and “Those others folks’ll come around,” he said.

Read more about the rally here, and watch WYMT’s coverage here.If you missed the fun, be sure to come to our next Campaign for Change rally in Frankfort on Tuesday, March 6 at the Capital Plaza Hotel.


Posted by: on 03/02/2007 at 12:45 p.m.

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