Gatewood Galbraith has officially thrown his hat in the ring for Kentucky Governor. The Louisville Courier-Journal reports:
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Perennial candidate Gatewood Galbraith officially kicked off his fifth run for governor Wednesday, saying that this race will be different from past campaigns when he finished near the bottom of the pack.
“We figure we need to have 425,000 votes,” Galbraith said during a Capitol press conference with his running mate, Shelbyville marketing executive Dea Riley. “More than that already agree with us, we just have to get them to the polls.”
Galbraith, a Lexington lawyer, and Riley filed with the Secretary of State’s office to run for governor and lieutenant governor next year as independent candidates. They must now obtain the signatures of 5,000 Kentucky voters to get on the ballot.
IPR already covered Galbraith’s first movements in the race in July.
On July 4, Gatewood Galbraith filed paperwork to begin raising money in his fifth run for governor of Kentucky. Galbraith, a lawyer who has focused primarily on marijuana legalization, ran as a Democrat in 1991, 1995, and 2007, and as the Reform Party nominee in 1999, when he won 15 percent of the vote in a four-way race. He has also run for Congress and other state offices. In his 2011 gubernatorial bid, Galbraith will run as an independent, with political consultant Dea Riley as his running mate.
The early edge may have helped Galbraith this time around. The Courier-Journal continues:
Galbraith said he has already raised $127,871, which shows this race will be different from his past campaigns — in which he never spent more than $44,745.
Galbraith actually endorsed one of his would-be opponents in 2007, incumbent Governor Steve Beshear. Today, he has less kind words for the likely Democratic nominee.
He’s been totally ineffective, totally ineffective,” Galbraith said of Beshear. “First of all, he could have submitted a budget that wasn’t based on $780 million in fictitious money … that had no hope of materializing. How cynical is that?”
Gatewood is also a longtime advocate of marijuana decriminalization. He will likely face one of two Republicans: Kentucky Senate President David Williams or Louisville businessman Phil Moffett.
Kentucky, along with Mississippi and Louisiana, is one of three states with a 2011 gubernatorial race. West Virginia may also have a special election to fill its vacant gubernatorial office (former Governor Joe Manchin won a special election to replace the late Senator Robert Byrd).