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Northup Camp: Former Fletcher Administration Official Backing Her

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Another former top-ranking official in
Gov. Ernie Fletcher's administration is expected to back his GOP
primary opponent Anne Northup, her campaign said Wednesday.
Northup, a former member of Congress from Louisville, has
scheduled a press conference for Thursday afternoon to make the
announcement. Spokesman Barry Peel would not identify the former
official.
Lt. Gov. Steve Pence, who once headed the state's Justice
Cabinet, has also publicly endorsed Northup. So has U.S. Sen. Jim
Bunning.
Marty Ryall, Fletcher's campaign spokesman, discounted the
importance of another former Fletcher administration official
backing someone else in the May 22 primary.
"Both sides are going to have their share of supporters and
endorsements," Ryall said.
The governor has endorsements from people across the state, and
more were expected this week, Ryall said.
Fletcher is being challenged in the Republican primary by
Northup and Paducah businessman Billy Harper, also a former
supporter of the governor.
Both say Fletcher was too politically damaged by a state hiring
investigation to withstand a Democratic opponent in the November
general election.
Fletcher and his administration were accused of giving political
supporters protected state jobs. The governor, who pardoned his
entire administration, was charged with misdemeanors stemming from
the investigation that were eventually dropped in a deal with
prosecutors.

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