A retired U.S. Army medical officer has filed to run against U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie of Kentucky.
Democrat Ron Leach says Kentucky and the nation suffer from rampant income inequality, and a growing dependence on the social safety net is a symptom of that problem.
“Do you call the cost of that safety net, you know, food stamps, SNAP, Medicare, er, Medicaid, the problem and you just simply cut it?” he says. “Or do you realize it that it is the symptom. It is a symptom of an economy that simply doesn’t work for most people anymore.”
Rep. Guthrie has supported SNAP cuts in the past. Guthrie has held Kentucky’s 2nd Congressional seat since 2009.
Leach has spent two decades in the military. The district is home to Fort Knox.