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Dear editor: Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield has introduced legislation with 43 co-sponsors that would virtually destroy the pleasure and performance horse and the Celebration. If this legislation passes, 80% of the horses that competed at this year's Celebration would not be eligible to show.
We have met with over twenty congressmen, senators and state officials in an effort to defeat or modify this legislation. Congressman Scott DesJarlais has been the most responsive and helpful elected official we have dealt with. He is currently running for reelection and has been the victim of a smear campaign, one of the worst in state history.
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi of California recently sent over $100,000 to Congressman DesJarlais opponent in an effort to elect another liberal to Congress who has endorsed virtually all of President Obama's agenda, including Obamacare. Congresswoman Diane Black told us this week that winning the White House, gaining a majority in the Senate and maintaining control of the House was critical to dealing with this legislation.
The proposed legislation will not be dealt with until next year with the new congress and it is vitally important that we keep Congressman DesJarlais in office to represent the interest of the Tennessee Walking Horse, the economy of Bedford County and the Celebration.
David L. Howard
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