Dem Gov Candidates Can No Longer Remain Silent On Ocasio-Cortez’s Attacks On Kentucky

Kentucky’s Democrat gubernatorial candidates have remained inexcusably silent on self-described socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s plans to visit their state, even after she attacked its vital coal industry and the thousands of workers employed by it. But while they refuse to speak out, other Kentucky Democrats are rolling out the welcome mat for the architect of the Green New Deal.

The Louisville Courier Journal reports that Kentucky’s only Democrat member of Congress, John Yarmuth, “would be more than happy to welcome” Ocasio-Cortez to the Bluegrass State and that she owes Kentuckians no apologies for her record of inflammatory statements and her apparent desire to destroy good-paying jobs. So far Andy Beshear, Adam Edelen, and Rocky Adkins have given no indication that they plan to follow Yarmuth’s lead and tell voters what they think of Ocasio-Cortez’s comments and her planned visit to their state.

Beshear’s silence is particularly puzzling given his outspokenness on another national political figure, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and her announcement that she would visit Kentucky. If he is willing to tell voters what he thinks of Secretary DeVos, surely he can do the same for Ocasio-Cortez.

“When it comes to confronting their party’s embrace of job-killing socialist politicians that would take Kentucky backwards, silence is no longer an option for Democrat gubernatorial candidates,” said RGA Deputy Communications Director John Burke. “Andy Beshear, Adam Edelen, and Rocky Adkins owe voters an answer: Do they stand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her far-left agenda? Or with working Kentucky families?”