September 15, 2020 Blog, Press Release

Rep. Nemes took campaign contribution from racist, homophobic State Senator

State Rep. Jason Nemes is one of a handful of Kentucky state representatives to accept contributions from State Senator Phillip Wheeler who has recent history of racist and homophobic statements.

Wheeler, who represents a district in Eastern Kentucky, came under fire in January 2020 for racially charged social media posts in which he used a derogatory term for black people, and had been openly posting negative conspiracy theories about Hispanic immigrants.

In February 2020, Wheeler again came under fire for engaging in homophobic attacks while campaigning for a fellow Republican in Eastern Kentucky.

Despite calls for Wheeler to apologize and resign, Rep. Nemes remained strangely silent given that he often claims he is willing to stand up to his own party.

Nemes likes to portray himself as a bipartisan legislator, but he openly supported Matt Bevin’s re-election, going so far as to say Kentucky was “on a better course now than ever in my lifetime.”

Nemes also voted for charter schools, was the main attorney working to defend counties who wanted to pass right to work laws, and has a 75 percent approval rating from the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity group.

“Rep. Nemes talks the talk, but never walks the walk,” said Marisa McNee, spokesperson for the Kentucky Democratic Party. “He can’t hide behind his empty words anymore. He’s a Trump supporter who is willing to accept financial support from the most extreme elements of his party, and it’s time for him to go.”

The truth is, Rep. Nemes isn’t bipartisan. And a bigot like Phillip Wheeler wants Nemes to remain in Frankfort.

Makes you wonder why.