This is a key endorsement for Booker, the first Black nominee for federal office in Kentucky’s history. His campaign has also been backed by former Governors Martha Layne Collins and Paul Patton as well as Lt. Governors Jerry Abramson and Daniel Mongiardo.
The announcement of Beshear’s endorsement has been anticipated since Booker’s successful primary run in May. Now, Booker’s campaign says he has the full endorsement of the governor.
“Kentuckians deserve a Senator that fights for good jobs, access to high quality, affordable healthcare and is a champion for public education. Further, Kentuckians deserve a Senator who understands the power of our common bonds, and knows that we are stronger when we stand together,” Beshear said in the campaign release. “During my time as Governor, we have faced incredibly challenging times. Devastating floods, unprecedented tornadoes, and a crushing pandemic. I am proud of the resilience, compassion, and determination the people of Kentucky have shown in these hard times, and I know we need a United States Senator who will stand in the gap and fight by our side. Charles has proven this type of leadership over the years, and I am honored to endorse him as Kentucky’s next United States Senator.”