GOP Primary Candidate Ryan Quarles Pounces on Beshear Administration Tornado Check Snafu

As thousands of dollars in checks meant for western Kentucky tornado survivors are accidentally received by some not affected by the natural disasters, one GOP candidate for governor is hoping to use the opportunity to target the incumbent Governor.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported on Tuesday that 184 checks for $1,000 each from the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund have been canceled by the state Treasurer because the recipients were not affected by the tornadoes.

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, a Republican primary candidate for governor said the error shows the “incompetence” of Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear.

“First it was 400,000 unread emails and 120,000 people in need of unemployment checks, then it was chaos and preventable criminal acts in our juvenile justice detention centers, and now Andy’s sending checks to people who weren’t even close to the disaster zone in Western Kentucky,” said Quarles. “It’s time we have a Governor who knows how to run the most basic functions of government without making people’s lives worse off. We need a Governor with the executive experience of running one of the largest agencies in the commonwealth, not someone who spends his time in court with frivolous lawsuits.”

Quarles is one of 12 Republicans seeking his party’s nomination to challenge Beshear this fall.