Massie challenger Lehman picks up endorsements from multiple NKY mayors

Kenton Hornbeck
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Fourth Congressional District candidate Matt Lehman announced that three NKY mayors are endorsing him.

Covington Mayor Joe Meyer spoke at the event at the Northern Kentucky Democratic Party Headquarters in Covington on Monday, where he touted his support for Lehman. Meanwhile, Newport Mayor Tom Guidugli Jr. and Dayton Mayor Ben Baker also endorsed Lehman for Congress, though they were not present at the event.

Lehman, a Newport resident and Democrat, also received endorsements from Jerry Abramson, former mayor of Louisville and lieutenant governor under Gov. Steve Beshear, Carrollton Mayor Dwight Louden and Milton Mayor Denny Jackson.

“We need a congressman who can bring a knowledge of the rest of the world to the deliberations in our Congress on matters of national defense, on matters of international relations, on asking the important questions about America’s role in the world today,” Meyer said.

Meyer said this was the “first time in a very long time” he has endorsed a congressional candidate.

Covington Mayor Joe Meyer endorsing candidate Matt Lehman (D) at the Northern Kentucky Democratic Party Headquarters in Covington. Photo by Kenton Hornbeck | LINK nky

Meyer cited Lehman’s core values, fiscal responsibility and international experience in countries like Ukraine as the reasons he is personally endorsing Lehman.

“Lehman has the type of experience and knowledge that can make a positive contribution,” Meyer said.

Lehman is running against incumbent Republican Thomas Massie, who’s held the seat since 2012. Fort Thomas resident Alexandra Owensby was the last Democrat to face Massie in a general election, losing 67% to 33% in 2020.

“Kentucky’s mayors know that Thomas Massie hasn’t been doing his job,” Lehman said. “He tweets about nonsense from his 350-acre bunker in Lewis County instead of working to build a companion bridge to the Brent Spence or fighting for federal dollars to replace lead drinking water pipes and outmoded sanitation systems,” Lehman said. “I’m grateful for and energized by the mayors’ support. I look forward to being a reliable partner for our state and local officials in D.C.”

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In late August, Lehman was endorsed by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear.

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