We've probably gotten 40 percent of all of the road money in Eastern Kentucky since the 1970s, which is significant, but it isn't everything. There are a lot of governors and other politicians who wouldn't give Eastern Kentucky the time of day if it weren't for their wanting dad's support.

Hal Rogers is just incredible, ... When you get someone like that on your side, you can't hardly tell him 'no.' He knows where the pockets of money are in Washington, all of 'em, and how to spend it.

The big piece out here is human intelligence, and we don't have any. We don't have a connection to local leaders, and we've never been able to bridge the gap with them.

Fletcher didn't have to be talked into doing what he did for Pine Mountain, ... He did it because it was the right thing to do.

You hear I'm supposed to be for or against a lot of stuff I don't give a damn about, ... Look, if it doesn't have to do with the Highway Department, I probably don't care.

It's gotten to the point where the general population expects it.

I do what I do 100 percent, ... If I'm for you, I'm for you. And if I'm against you, I'm against you.

It's all about hauling distances, ... It's like your grocery stores. Do you go to the one in Lexington if you live in Pikeville?

I pushed them back out the door to finish the mission, ... They did it, but they were crying as they pushed on.