July 23, 2020 Blog, Press Release

Barr, Massie, Rogers, and Comer Vote in Favor of Confederate Monuments

In an embarrassing vote, the majority of Kentucky’s Republican congressional delegation voted in favor of monuments to those who “voluntarily joined the Confederate States of America” to continue to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol.

Congressmen Andy Barr, Thomas Massie, Hal Rogers and James Comer all voted against H R 7573 Wednesday evening. Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth and Republican Congressman Brett Gurthie voted for removal of the statues.

The vote comes weeks after Kentucky removed a statue of Jefferson Davis from its own Capitol rotunda.

In a statement, Kentucky Democratic Party spokesperson Marisa McNee said this vote gives further reason for Kentuckians to vote for new leadership in Congress this November.

“We need people like Josh Hicks, Alexandra Owensby, Matthew Best and James Rhodes in Congress fighting for all Kentuckians, not just some of us,” McNee said. “Once again, when given the chance to take a clear stand against racism too many Kentucky Republicans are unwilling to do it and prefer to stick with their dog-whistle politics.”