We’re reporting on WKYT that Lexington attorney Foster Ockerman, Junior is making the rounds and indicating strong interest in being the Democratic nominee for the 75th district state house seat. That’s the seat that Representative Kathy Stein plans to leave vacant as she runs for the state senate seat that Ernesto Scorsone is leaving to run for circuit judge. Who’s on first?
Ockerman has practiced law for many years and has a commanding voice and strong presence. He was also involved in the water condemnation issue on the side of the city taking over Kentucky American Water. The 56-year old has thought about political runs before… but sees opportunity with the opening.
Another candidate expressing interest is Unitarian minister Kelly Flood. She quickly contacted Democratic leaders when Stein made her senate intentions known. It will be up to party insiders to pick nominees from both major parties, since it’s too late for a primary. The district also has a higher than usual number of independent voters and non-partisan candidates can file until August 12th.
Bunning Calls Mortgage Loan Rescue “Socialism”
Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning isn’t mincing words in his criticism of a proposed bailout of the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae federal loan programs. A top congressional budget estimate puts the cost of the rescue at $25 Billion. That has sent Bunning into orbit.. calling it “socialism.” President Bush is for the loan rescue program. Bunning was also tough on top federal reserve officials who appeared before him last week.
McConnell Ads Hit Lunsford
Senator Mitch McConnell who wants to win a term that would give him 30-years in congress is dredging up some ammunition against his opponent from nearly 30 years ago. McConnell’s latest ad talks about how then Kentucky Commerce Secretary Bruce Lunsford supported and worked for an automatic indexing of the state gasoline tax.
The spot also features a clip of Lunsford from fairly recently, talking about having worked for the trigger feature in the state gas tax. McConnell’s spot is being run on a heavy schedule. It comes after Lunsford recently went across the state, pumping gas at local stations and calling attention to the gas prices. There’s been no Lunsford response ad yet.
Beshear Takes Swipe At Herald Leader
Despite criticism… Governor Steve Beshear says he will continue to take cabinet members with him on his 5-week, 13 stop town hall meeting tour. He says it’s important for members of his team to get out and meet the public and exchange ideas. The governor was criticized over the weekend, when the The Lexington Herald Leader reported that the cost of transporting 3 plane loads of people from Frankfort to Pike County was more than $7,000. It comes at a time when Beshear has ordered state government to find ways to tighten its belt and find ways to save on fuel costs.
At his second meeting in Somerset (to which he and others were driven by car)… Beshear said it would’ve cost more to bring 400 people from Pike County to Frankfort to meet face to face. And he said he would not curtail his planned town hall meetings “to please the Herald Leader.”
Lawson Will Seek 3rd Term As Richmond Mayor
Many local political leaders are looking ahead to 2010 and making decisions about ‘whether’ they are going to seek re-election or try for something else.
But Richmond Mayor Connie Lawson makes it clear she plans to seek re-election. Lawson says she surprised even herself when she ran for a second term in 2006. But she calls her post a “tremendous honor” and says there are new challenges ahead as her city continues to grow. Lawson says ‘on the job seasoning’ has led her to be more careful when considering issues affecting the 31,000 people who call Richmond, the state’s 6th largest city, home.
Madison County has a lot of long serving public officials…. Judge Executive Kent Clark has been in office since 1993 and State Representative Harry Moberly was first elected in 1980. Even EKU President Doug Whitlock spent 40-years as a student, professor and administrator before coming out of retirement to lead the university. Few incumbents are ever bounced from office there.
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