When Donald Trump first came to office, there were Republican lawmakers who would stand up to him. In one of the most remarkable transitions, South Carolina’s Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) went from a strong critic to one of the president’s fierce little attack dogs. However, after POTUS began to throw laws under the bus, attack people of color, and tried to sabotage the investigation into Russia’s attack on our elections something remarkable began to happen.
There have been a few tipping points where Republicans, especially at the state level, have begun to move away from this president. Republican Kentucky State Senator Dan Seum (R) endorsed the Democratic candidate Andy Beshear (D) for governor.
‘“Today, I’m here to endorse Andy Beshear for governor.” – State Sen. Dan Seum, Republican.’
— Andy Beshear (@AndyBeshearKY) July 29, 2019
Currently the attorney general for Kentucky, Beshear posted his video on Twitter showing Seum offering his endorsement. Seum said:
‘This is about who is going to lead this state in the next four years. Today, we have a governor who has failed miserably in the pension issue and has spent the last year running around the state insulting everyone, including the four teachers in my family.’
‘I’m thankful to have the support of Republican State Senator Dan Seum. Kentuckians from all corners of our commonwealth — Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike — are unifying behind our campaign because we know this is much bigger than any one of us.’
Seum was a Democrat until 1999. At that point, he decided to become a Republican. However, Seum decided that he would not endorse the sitting Governor Matt Bevin, who took office in 2015.
Bevin’s campaign manager Davis Payne told The Hill that Bein has been endorsed by Donald Trump, the National Rifle Association (NRA), and Kentucky Right to Life:
‘If Senator Seum wants to support sanctuary cities and abortion up until the moment of birth, that’s his decision to make. Governor Bevin has been endorsed by President Trump, the NRA, and Kentucky Right to Life.’
Majority Leader of the Senate Mitch McConnell (R-KY) from Kentucky will be running for reelection this year. The conservative Republican has appeared to refrain from doing the Senate’s business. Instead, as House bill after bill piles up at his doorway, McConnell has continued to block them. Instead, he has been intent upon moving as many ultra-conservative judges into office. A number of them are far from qualified.
McConnell may be the state’s longtime senator, but this year he has taken note of Democratic candidates who want his seat, one of them a woman with military experience and a no-nonsense attitude.
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