GOP Chairman Says Republican Party Took Hit In Tuesday's Elections

Tuesday's midterm election gave both the Democrat and Republican parties a chance to see where they stand with voters and now, the next election campaign is getting underway.

GOP Chairman Darrel Brock admits his party took a hit during last week's elections.

"The climate in the state is not good. You can see that from the elections, both from a national and state perspective," Brock said.

But he says Governor Ernie Fletcher's administration is not feeling the pressure.

"The issue I think is, we have the governor's mansion now. So it's a little different perspective. The Democrats are going to have no doubt in everyone's admissions a bloody primary. With several different candidates and Republican party hasn't really sorted itself out," Brock said.

Brock says potential candidates like Representative Ben Chandler, are already going to bat for Kentucky on the national level.

"He's gained a measurable power from a standpoint of what committees he can have himself assigned to, and having the speaker of the house on his side in terms of registration, so I don't think there's anyway Ben Chandler gets into this race," Brock said.

Congressman Hal Rogers has enjoyed a successful 25 year run in Washington. Many wonder if he will try for the governor's mansion, now that Republicans have lost the control of the house.

"I'd hate to lose him as our senior congressman in D.C., but you just never know what he's going to do. He's going to have to come to that realization and determine what he's going to do," Brock said.

So start thinking about your vote, because the gubernatorial primary is coming up this spring.

You can hear more from Darrell Brock and the GOP reaction to last week's elections on Issues & Answers, The Mountain Edition on WYMT Monday night at 7pm.


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