Cox started with Bunning referring to his Senate career as an embarrassment to the people of Kentucky. Daring the audience to name one single thing the Republican Party had done for the people of Kentucky, Cox went through a litany of accomplishments the Democrats had provided the folks of Kentucky. From TVA to the State Parks System, from the Parkways to running water, Cox proclaimed the accomplishments of the Democrats.
Cox held up and read press releases from the OMB coming from the end of the Clinton and Bush Administrations comparing the differences. Clinton left office with the largest surplus in history while paying down the Nation's debt. Bush on the other hand left the Nation with no surplus and a huge deficit.
Cox said that regardless of who the nominees for U.S. Senate were this year the Democrats would win. Replacing Bunning with Trey Grayson would not help the Republican cause proclaimed Cox. "Now let's talk about Trey Grayson, "Little Lord Fauntleroy," said Cox.
Grayson- "Little Lord Fauntleroy"
Cox inferred that Grayson might provide a new face for the Republicans but had nothing new to offer the people of Kentucky. "The Democrat Party is the Party of family values", said Cox, referring to the Democrat beliefs of helping people. Cox reminded the crowd that Social Security, Education and Health Care are all rooted in family values.
The Breathitt Dinner had a pretty good attendance for an off year. Senator Joey Pendleton spoke also regarding the state of the Commonwealth. Pendleton also presented the Breathitt Award to Circuit Clerk Gary Haddock and Barbara Morris. Christian County Party Chairman Lindsey Adams served as MC. I gave the invocation and prayed for all the Libbbbbberal souls. House Judiciary Chairman John Tilley was not able to come whereas he and Chief Justice Minton were attending a National Judicial Conference in North Carolina.
Beshear, Dr. Dan and Conway did not come. Conway did send a letter that was read. and provided some campaign materials. No one represented Dr. Dan or the Governor.
Folks from Todd County, Hopkins County, Calloway County and Lyon County were also in attendance.
Bill Cox also served as a special assistant to Governor Julian Carroll, Mayor of Madisonville and most recently served as State Revenue Commissioner in the Beshear Administration where he set a record for the amount of tax revenue collected for the Commonwealth.
Bill Cox resides in Louisville and as most know his son Will Cox Jr. is presently the Mayor of Madisonville.