Piatt Kicks Off Campaign for Congress at Hotel Covington
Wed, 01/10/2018 - 14:59 RCN Newsdesk
Democrat Patti Piatt formally launched her campaign to challenge Congressman Thomas Massie (R) in Kentucky's 4th District.
Piatt, a resident of Bellevue, hosted her kickoff event at Hotel Covington on Monday afternoon where a capacity crowd celebrated at the Scheper Dining Room.
“It’s time for all twenty counties in the Fourth District to have a representative in Congress who has the ability and the desire to work with people,” Piatt said. “And to listen. Really listen.
“(Massie) doesn’t do anything – anything – for the people back home in Kentucky.”
Piatt outlined the basics of her platform, starting with health care. She explained that her plan includes working towards a single-payer model for the self-employed and people over 55, and protecting Medicare and Social Security. Piatt says she believes in the Second Amendment, while also supporting universal background checks, as well as protecting law enforcement from armor-piercing bullets, in contrast with Massie.
“We cannot be afraid to have a conversation about guns and gun safety,” Piatt said.
Piatt shifted to the economy, saying work needs to be done to prepare the workforce for the jobs that exist. Legislators, she says, should be focusing on workforce development, as well as affordable education and retraining, instead of tax cuts for the rich.
Piatt went on to discuss her passion for veterans’ affairs, saying she will be a “strong voice,” and citing the high number of veteran suicides in the country, as well as alluding to her own experience with the effects of suicide.
Piatt described her days as a single mother “working two or three jobs” while attending the University of Kentucky. “I know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck,” Piatt said. Her goal, she said, is that everyone should have an opportunity to succeed.
Piatt then introduced Amy McGrath, a Democratic candidate for Kentucky’s Sixth District Congressional seat, to great applause from the room. McGrath, speaking without the aid of a microphone, spoke at length of how she and Piatt aren’t regular politicians, but more outsiders that the average Kentuckian can relate to. “We’re real people, and that’s what’s going to make a difference,” McGrath said.
McGrath said that incumbents on both sides of the aisle should not take their reelection for granted, noting that after the 2016 election, even Democrats should have learned that they are not immune.
“Time’s up on the standard political establishment. Time’s up, regardless of party,” McGrath said.
McGrath went on to talk about only being beholden to constituents, and said she feels “blessed” by her 16,000 donors, 13,000 of whom gave less than $50.
“That’s democracy,” McGrath said. “It’s time for the return of the servant leader, not somebody bought off.”
Following the speeches, the candidates met with people in attendance, taking photos and answering citizens’ questions.
Story & photos by Brandon Wheeler, RCN contributor