Northern KY. Congressional Race Quietly Contentious

KENTON COUNTY, KY -- A Northern Kentucky congressional district race is being run, quietly but not without some controversy and sniping, lreports NKY.COM Sunday on its Website.

Congressman Geoff Davis says he is not looking beyond this month's GOP primary even though one challenger is doing little and the other is doing even less on the Northern Kentucky campaign trail

"We are continuing to work throughout the district," said Davis, the two-term 4th District Republican incumbent from Hebron. "We're running like we're 20 points behind."

Though Davis isn't debating GOP opponents Warren O. Stone of Independence and G.E. Puckett of Fleming County, he is raising money, contacting voters by mail and phone, and operating a full-time campaign office in Kenton County, reports NKY.COM

"We're running hard," he said. "It's good for the party, good for the ticket and it helps keep us connected with the voters." But Davis isn't running with quite the fervor he did in races with Democrats Ken Lucas, the former Congressman, in 2006 and Nick Clooney in 2004.

Davis did not appear at the recent KET televised debate, but neither did Puckett. Stone was given 15 minutes of statewide air time. "I want people to have a choice," said Stone, 57, a contractor.

While Davis did speak at last month's 4th District Reagan/Lincoln Day Dinner in Boone County, surrogates have appeared in his place at other events, including a gathering last week before the Kenton County Republican Women's Club, NKY.COM reports.

Stone spoke to that club, too, but he has not maintained a busy campaign schedule. Most party leaders say they have not met him. Stone is not raising money either, while Davis has collected $1.4 million in contributions and had $719,536 cash on hand through the end of March, according to his latest campaign finance report.

Davis has a fundraiser scheduled later this month in Taylor Mill that will feature Rob Portman, a former Ohio congressman and Bush administration official and potential running mate of presumptive GOP presidential candidate John McCain. Stone admits he is a long shot to knock off the better-funded, better-known Davis.

"I'm just a normal person, I'm not a politician," Stone said. "But I am concerned like most of the people out there. Somebody has to step up and do something." It is understandable that Puckett is not campaigning and could not be reached for comment, reports NKY.COM

A Fleming County grand jury indicted him Jan. 4 for allegedly diverting charitable gambling funds. Puckett was charged with failing to deposit proceeds from bingo and pull-tabs and kept $1,065 for his own use, according to the Fleming County Commonwealth's Attorney's office. A trial is set for September, NKY.COM reports.

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