On Saturday, I had the chance to speak before almost 300 excited and raucous Kentucky Democratic Party loyalist at the Wendell Ford Governors Gala at the Henry Clay in Louisville. Since I am a newcomer to statewide elections I decided to share ten things about me and my campaign.
Speech Transcript (As prepared)
So when I got here tonight, I did the same thing most of the women here did… I looked for the ladies room.
But when I went in, I thought I’d made a wrong turn and was at a Matt Bevin Rally… But then I realized… there were more people in the ladies room than at a Bevin Rally.
My name is Sheri Donahue. I want to tell you how proud I am to be part of this Democratic team… Since January I have spent more time with these folks than have my own family, and I can tell you each and every one of them is committed to helping Kentucky families make a better life for themselves… We are Team Kentucky!
So most of you probably never heard of me six months ago. Even today you probably don’t know that much about me.
So tonight I thought I would tell you 10 quick things about me and my campaign… and try to clear up a few rumors along the way.
Number 1… There is a rumor that I worked as a spy for the CIA.
I worked for the U.S. Navy auditing multi-billion dollar weapons systems and managing classified intelligence contracts. I worked with the FBI in cybersecurity and infrastructure protection, but I want to make this very clear… I was not with the CIA, and I was not a spy…
I don’t even own a London Fog overcoat or a fedora…
Besides, if I was a spy for the CIA and I told you… I’d have to kill you. (Just kidding Juan)
Number 2… As your next state auditor, I will audit Kentucky’s electronic voting machines. Every Kentuckian has the right to know that their voices and their votes will be heard and counted.
Number 3… Another misconception is about who I am running against.
I am not running against Mark Harmon…. He’s the guy on the TV show NCIS.
By the way… I know people with the real NCIS, and ladies I’m sorry to tell you… They don’t look anything like that.
Number 4… I will audit Braidy Industries economic incentive deal with the state!
Kentucky taxpayers don’t need to be in bed with the Russians… It’s bad enough we have a U.S. Senator who is!
Number 5… Now, this rumor is true.
Andy, I am sorry to tell you, I have offered to help Gov. Matt Bevin.
You’ve heard of Bevin’s “Grindel Swindle?” Where is he paying his buddy Chuck Grindle $375,000 to head up the state’s computer department?
Well, he told the reporters that he ‘defies anyone… to find anybody… in IT that knows as much as this guy does.’
Well… I have repeatedly offered Bevin the names and numbers of dozens of people I know that are better qualified than Grindle, and who are doing a much better job for much less money!
Come on $375,000? Even Richie Farmer knows that’s not a good use of taxpayer dollars.
Number 6… As your next state auditor, I will modernize and expand the state’s Cybersecurity Audits. Audits are not about ledger books anymore; they are about ones and zeros.
Do you want to know how bad things are now?
The current Auditor has not ONCE, but TWICE hired someone to head up his cybersecurity audits with NO IT background!
One thing I will do is make IT Audits it’s own division and put someone in charge who understands cyber-security!
Number 7… Here is a Matt Bevin rumor that is not true.
I did not break my ankle kicking Matt Bevin…
But there are days I wish I had.
I’ll leave the ass kicking to Andy!
Number 8… As your next State Auditor, I will scrutinize all of Kentucky’s retirement systems to ensure that they are investing retirement funds correctly and doing it in a way that is not ONLY transparent but also effective.
And I won’t wait until just before an election to release an audit about the retirement system. People’s retirements are too important to play politics with!
Despite what Matt Bevin thinks… First responders, teachers and state workers deserve our respect, and they deserve the pensions that they have earned! They made a promise to keep us safe, to teach our children, and to serve us.
We made a promise that they would have their pension when they retired… They kept their promises, and We. Must. Keep. Ours!
Number 9… I will audit any changes that affect Medicaid eligibility for Kentucky Families.
Matt Bevin and Mitch McConnell seem to think that taking away peoples healthcare is a good thing… I think it’s mean and… well…just… stupid!
One of the things that I have seen first hand as I have been traveling our state is that rural hospitals are in crisis… This is about peoples lives; it is our moral obligation to do more!
Number 10 I was talking with a prominent Republican at an event recently who complimented me on my campaign, but added that a lot of people thought I wasn’t being fair to my opponent.
I was puzzled, so I ask what he meant? He told me, “some people” don’t think it’s fair that I talk about my accomplishments so much.
I was taken aback by that… But then I responded, “It’s not my fault my opponent doesn’t have any accomplishments!”
The more I thought about this, the more it bothered me…
So let me say here and now… I have worked very hard for all that I have accomplished. I think it’s past time that women should have to apologize for being successful. As your next State Auditor, I will work tirelessly to accomplish great things for Kentucky Families! Thank you… God Bless you… Good Night!