Standing Out in a Crowd
Because he's not a professional politician, Bruce isn't likely to give a dodgy political answer on tough questions. That makes him stand out.
Case in point. This week, at the Louisville Forum, Bruce was asked about raising the cigarette tax. Bruce answered straight that he was open to raising the cigarette tax (which, by the way is the fourth-lowest rate in the nation) if revenue was tied to health care programs (where we have one of the higest rates of smoking-related deaths and illnesses).
For his straightforward answer, Bruce received praise from on the editorial pages of both the Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader.
One of the most refreshing things about working for Bruce is that he is a straight talking guy who says what he believes and doesn't couch his answers in political speak. I'm looking forward to more of Bruce's straight talk over the next couple months.
Here's an excerpt from the Courier-Journal editorial:
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bruce Lunsford separated himself from the pack this week when he said he would consider raising the state cigarette tax. His opponents, in contrast, go ashen at the thought
. As Mr. Lunsford pointed out, We are definitely one of the unhealthiest states
. You can see it by the percent of our disabled, you can see it by the fact that we have so many people who die of cancer. In fact, Kentucky has the highest rate of adult smoking in the country, plus the highest rate of lung cancer and cancer deaths.
and here's an excerpt from the Lexington Herald-Leader editorial:
Of five Democratic candidates who appeared before the Louisville Forum, only one, Bruce Lunsford, said he was willing to consider another cigarette tax increase
. A would-be governor who wanted to be honest with voters would say yes, obviously, Kentucky has to consider bringing its cigarette tax in line with other states; that smoking is largely to blame for Kentucky's extraordinary rates of disease and disability and drives up health care costs; that Kentucky must muster every possible tool to combat tobacco use.
Posted by: on 03/16/2007 at 2:30 p.m.