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Cameron chooses running mate who believes gender-affirming care is ‘experimental’

State senator Robby Mills is also well known as the leader of the Bevin effort to slash pensions for teachers and state workers.

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Sen. Robby Mills, R-Henderson, presents Senate Bill 7, an act related to the administration of state payroll systems. March 7, 2023. (LRC Public Information)

In a press conference on Wednesday, gubernatorial candidate Daniel Cameron announced his choice for his running mate: Sen. Robby Mills of Henderson.

Cameron called Mills a “rock-ribbed conservative,” and said Mills is “a respected state senator, business-owner, and man of faith.”

As noted in a press release from the Cameron campaign, “Robby has also fought for Kentucky’s coal industry, passing legislation to stand up to the ESG movement and increasing the reliability of the electrical grid. Robby Mills led the charge with Riley Gaines to pass the “Save Our Women’s Sports” Act, which banned boys from competing in girls’ sports. He fought for years to protect children from life-altering puberty blockers and irreversible gender surgeries.”

In light of those legislative priorities, Mills was asked during the press conference about gender-affirming care. He replied that the treatments were “experimental,” which drew an immediate rebuke from various LGBTQ-supporting organizations, including Rebecca Blankenship, Executive Director of Ban Conversion Therapy Kentucky.

“Senator Mills should clearly state his position on how to treat trans youth,” said Blankenship. “He has a history of misrepresentation of the history and science supporting gender affirming care. Is he advocating conversion therapy like he has in the past?”

The selection of Mills as running mate would indicate that the Cameron campaign will continue to focus on social issues such as trans youth. It remains to be seen whether Mills’s reputation for attacking pensions becomes an issue in the election.

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