September 23 – Kelly Craft, a former U.S. Ambassador to Canada and United Nations candidate and Republican governor, stopped by Jackson’s Diner Thursday night to share her campaign platform.
Craft campaigns on a tour of mom and pop restaurants across the state. Craft, a native of Glasgow, KY, said kitchen table problems are why she runs to the office.
“Growing up in a small community was so important to me. Because you think you have freedom, but you don’t, because all your neighbors are watching you,” Craft said. “It was the most incredible upbringing… We miss family table problems and kitchen table problems. Those problems are very different today.”
Craft was appointed to her ambassadorial positions by former President Donald Trump and was a major donor to former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin.
In her remarks on Thursday, Craft was critical of President Joe Biden and Governor Andy Beshear, addressing topics such as fighting critical race theory, stopping fentanyl and supporting law enforcement.
“If anyone, in any community, says they intend to relieve the police, I can tell you that they (the community) will be refunded immediately. We owe it to our law enforcement. We owe it to those who protect us,” Craft said.
Craft also talked about encouraging young people to get started, especially technical jobs.
“College isn’t for everyone. Engineering programs don’t just create jobs, they increase their creativity. Some of the brightest and brightest electricians I know, started in technology, started in vocational education,” Craft said.
Craft, who is married to Joe Craft, the CEO of coal producer Alliance Resource Partners, said she wanted to protect and expand the coal industry.
The Republican nominee also reflected on her time as ambassador, calling the United Nations a snake hole.
Trump first appointed Craft as US ambassador to Canada, where she played a role in facilitating the US-Mexico-Canada trade deal, Trump’s long-sought revision of the North American free trade agreement. The updated trade deal has brought benefits to workers, farmers and businesses in Kentucky and across the country, according to a release of Craft’s campaign.
On Thursday, Craft said she was proud of her track record in dealing with China.
Craft answered questions from the crowd for a meet and greet.
When asked what separated her from the other candidates running to oust Governor Beshear, Craft said she was not a career politician.
“I’m a non-career politician. I’ve served Donald Trump, not once, but twice, as the first female ambassador to Canada and then as the ambassador to the United Nations. I’m a results-oriented leader… We need someone who doesn’t need a job, but must have a job,” Craft said.