FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Republican Executive
Committee has adopted new internal rules that specifically prohibit
GOP insiders from endorsing Democratic candidates.
GOP Chairman Steve Robertson said Friday the changes are
intended to modernize longstanding rules in a way that allows the
participation of more people, including tea party activists, at
local and state levels.
The changes bar Republican activists from serving in leadership
positions inside the party if they endorse or contribute
financially to a political candidate of another party.
That change comes amid an election season in which some notable
Republicans, including former U.S. Rep. Larry Hopkins and former
Lt. Gov. Steve Pence, have endorsed Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear
for re-election over Republican David Williams.
The revamped rules make no changes to next year's Republican
reorganization and convention process.
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