Candidate Puts Campaign On Hold After Getting Mobilization Notice

Associated Press Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Republican congressional hopeful Erwin Roberts put his campaign on hold Wednesday after the Army Reservist found out that he'll be called to active duty for 12 months.

Roberts, a former state homeland security director and personnel secretary, said his unit received a preliminary mobilization notice for March or April. Roberts serves in the Army Reserves Judge Advocate General's Corps, which gives legal guidance to soldiers, their families and veterans.

"After this November's election, I had hoped to have the honor of serving my country as the next congressman for the Third Congressional District of Kentucky," Roberts said in an e-mail announcement. "Instead I will have the honor of serving my country in the U.S. Army."

Roberts has been raising campaign money since last spring, when he announced his plans to run for the Louisville-area seat held by first-term Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth.

"Due to the fluidity of the situation, my campaign for Congress will be placed on hold pending further notice regarding my call to active duty," Roberts said.

Roberts had not yet filed his candidacy papers with the secretary of state's office in Frankfort.

Roberts served as homeland security director in former Gov. Ernie Fletcher's administration and later served as the state's Personnel Cabinet secretary during a turbulent time for Fletcher.

His tenure as personnel secretary came amid a grand jury investigation into allegations that Fletcher administration officials circumvented state hiring laws by improperly giving political supporters protected state jobs. Fletcher pardoned everyone in his administration except himself for any possible charges stemming from the probe. He was indicted on three misdemeanor charges that later were dropped in a deal with prosecutors.

Roberts also had stints as a prosecutor.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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