Commissioners deliver goodies to new governor

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

It's a breakfast made of the perfect white cake, beaten biscuits and ham.

It's a breakfast you cannot find at your house.

It's a breakfast you cannot find here or there.

It's a breakfast you cannot find anywhere - except at the Governor's Mansion on inaugural mornings.

On the morning of every inauguration for more than 100 years, Frankfort residents have been bringing their special breakfast to the new governor and spouse.

The tradition, according to the Handbook for Gubernatorial Transition in Kentucky, started when an outgoing first lady left a baked ham, white cake and beaten biscuits on the dining table for the incoming first lady.

Frankfort residents took over the tradition of providing the breakfast about 60 years ago.

For the first time in 36 years, it was brought by a new Republican contingency.

Two Frankfort city commissioners were in charge of delivering the baked goods and Franklin County Judge-Executive Teresa Barton and her husband John were bringing a baked country ham.

Commissioner Bob Roach who is well-known as a gourmet cook, agreed to bake the white cake, and Commissioner Tracey Turner Thurman and her husband Garnett were bringing the beaten biscuits.

"I don't know who was involved in making the decision," Roach said regarding the request that he bake the cake. "It's unprecedented to find three city commissioners who have supported a Republican candidate for governor and that may be why we were invited."

Judy Penrod, chairwoman of the Franklin County Republican party, and her husband Marcus, Mark and Ann Rutledge, Louise Roach, City Commissioner Andy Layson and his wife Leisa, Bill and Kay Kirkland, Judy Hibbetts and Bob and Emily Gable were scheduled to make the traditional trip to the Governor's Mansion about 8 a.m. to drop off the goodies to Fletcher and his wife Glenna.

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

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