Feedback on LawReader Article on former gubernatiorial aides advice

Mr. Jim Smith a former Kentuckian who now lives in Tucson, Arizona sent the following comments about the  LawReader feature story published Nov. 24, wherein five former aides to Ky. Governors gave some suggestions to Gov. –elect Steve Beshear on things to consider in managing his new office.
 -Many thanks for sharing this one.  This one was extremely interesting and offered some great insights from the various experiences.  I first met Don Mills during the Wilson Wyatt for U. S. campaign in ’62 and then got to know him quite well in the Breathitt administration when he served as Press Secretary. 
 I agree with the observation that Breathitt’s first legislative session left much to be desired, but the second session became a hallmark session with considerable leadership from the governor and significant bills passed.  It proved that there can be strong leadership and legislation in areas that require minimal funding such as strip mining, civil rights, etc., and, of course, education.  Of course, it is interesting to note that the week after the general election in 1962, Breathitt spots appeared on TV that said little more than “Hi, I’m Ned Breathitt and I am running for governor.” 
At that point Breathitt was Personnel Commission and known by very few voters across the state.  One year of promoting name identification and campaigning changed that.  Likewise, it is always interesting that not much more than a year before Carter ran for president, he was a little known Governor of Georgia.  Still remember the TV clip on CBS the night that Carter accepted the nomination in ’76 of him appearing as the “mystery guest” on What’s My Line” just over a year earlier and they did not even blindfold the panel because none of them knew who he was.
 Cattie Lou was certainly an “institution” in state government and campaigns for many years.
 Thinking of those who have advised governors reminds me of a story in the Louisville Times a day or two before Wendell Ford was inaugurated which had some great descriptive adjective and terms about the appearance, experience, and various qualities of those who would advise the new governor.  Field McChesney was among them.  The story described him as the “owlish looking adviser to the governor.”  Field saw Doc Beauchamp in the hallway and asked Doc if he thought he resembled an owl.  To which Doc, in his deep, gravely voice replied, “A hoot or a screech.”
-Jim Smith-

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