While Congressman Andy Barr sticks to TV ads, challenger Geoff Young continues to wage his unconventional campaign
The Democratic candidate in Kentucky's 6th congressional district, Geoff Young, made a solo appearance on KET's Kentucky Tonight Monday, repeating several of the positions that have made the perennial candidate an outlier in state politics.
In the appearance, Young said he's running for the House seat to prevent nuclear war, which he fears is growing more likely with each escalation in Ukraine. He went on to describe Ukraine as a puppet state and endorsed a "reasonable" Russian peace plan he said would have avoided the conflict.
"It would have greatly reduced the risk of a nuclear war," Young said. "We should have accepted that proposal."
Young is running without the support of the Kentucky Democratic Party or Gov. Andy Beshear. Monday night's interview on KET showcased a number of reasons why the party isn't eager to embrace Young — who advocated for the impeachment of President Joe Biden, called for the elimination of the CIA, which he described as the "worst terrorist organization in the world today," and defended his previous accusations of election rigging by the Democratic Party, which he has taken to court.
With Young's own party adopting a hands-off approach to his candidacy, incumbent Republican Andy Barr has opted to stick with a campaign of uppbeat ads and did not appear on the program alongside the unorthodox candidate.
"Andy Barr, by chickening out, refusing to be here tonight, I think that speaks poorly about him," Young responded.
Barr's campaign spokesperson has labeled Young's views "extreme, radical, and dangerously bizarre," saying they should disqualify him from serving in Congress.