Kentucky’s Phil Moffett is yet another commonsense conservative seeking the office of CEO of a state. And as this Newsmax feature reports — like Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey — he’s unafraid to take on the unions:
Phil Moffett, a tea-party-backed Republican candidate for governor in Kentucky, says the state must take on public unions to pare its $7 billion debt. The first thing that must be done is to convert public pensions from defined benefits to defined contributions, so they resemble 401(k) and IRA plans in the private sector, he tells Newsmax.TV.
“After that, we need to make common-sense decisions on how to buy out” the $30 billion-plus underfunded state pension plan. “Stop spending beyond your means. It’s very basic stuff,” says the managing partner of CCS Partners, a Louisville telecommunications management firm Moffett founded nine years ago.
“I’m not against unions per se, but I’m against public unions,” he says. “Our public employees unions make more than the private sector and have massive benefits programs. It’s totally upside down.” Kentucky needs to go after the public unions just like GOP Gov. Chris Christie is doing in New Jersey, Moffett says.
He’s adamant that Uncle Sam shouldn’t bail out states. “The federal government is part of the reason we are in this position,” Moffett says. “All these programs they force on us require state legislatures to spend more money that they don’t have. We need the federal government out of the states.”
A few months ago, Divas Ellen and Kathy attended a fundraiser at our friend Ed Lynch’s home to help get his campaign off to a good start. Although I was unable to attend, I heard glowing reports from my fellow bloggers who are enthusiastically supporting Moffett for Kentucky Governor. We look forward to interviewing Phil in the near future, so look for an update very soon. In the meantime, here’s the candidate in his own words: