Beshear remains popular despite attacks, as candidates gear up for Fancy Farm

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Governor Andy Beshear will appear together for the first time this general election season at this weekend’s St. Jerome Fancy Farm Picnic, the Herald-Leader’s Tessa Duvall reports. The picnic is noted for its political speeches. Both candidates will be joined by their respective running mates and party nominees.

Beshear recently missed the Kentucky Farm Bureau Measure the Candidates Forum, leading to Cameron criticizing him on social media. There is no public debate schedule for this fall.

Cameron called Beshear ‘chicken’ on the bird app after Beshear skipped a debate.

Ads regarding commutations and surgeries for minors have begun airing. A Republican Governors Association-backed ad attacking Beshear for vetoing Senate Bill 150, which bans gender-affirming surgeries for minors, was initially pulled from YouTube for violating hate speech terms but later reinstated. Beshear’s campaign countered with their own ad.

Beshear ad responding to RGA attack ad.

Two more anti-Beshear ads were launched by conservative groups, targeting the governor’s COVID-era commutations of incarcerated people. One ad, backed by the Club for Growth’s PAC, will air on Louisville and Lexington stations as part of a $2.9 million TV buy. The other ad is supported by Bluegrass Freedom Action, a PAC backing Cameron.

Bluegrass Freedom Action ad against Beshear.

A new Morning Consult poll shows Beshear remains one of the most popular governors in America, with a 64% approval rating. Beshear is also the most popular Democratic governor among Republican voters. However, Kentucky voters are significantly more likely to disapprove of President Biden’s performance.

Screenshot from a Morning Consult report titled ‘U.S. Governor Rankings: Beshear Gets a Boost, Desantis’ Approval Dips

Top photo: A screenshot of Club for Growth’s new attack ad against Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear.