emailed handout photo for KYLOCAL_KY08GOVERNOR - SAVED MAY 6, 2011: PHOTO CREDIT: PROVIDED PHOTO State Senate President David Williams, pictured, of Burkesville and state Commissioner of Agriculture Richie Farmer of Frankfort are one of three Republican tickets vying for their party's gubernatorial nomination in the May 17, 2011 primary. provided photo
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Senate President David Williams is among nominees a panel recommended to Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday for an open judgeship in southern Kentucky.
Williams, a Republican, has said he's interested in the position. The appointment ultimately would be made by the Democratic governor who has said he'd consider Williams for the job.
Beshear has a record of appointing his Republican foes to higher-paying government positions to get them out of the GOP-led Senate. He told reporters earlier this month that he believes Williams, a lawyer, is qualified to be a circuit judge.
Previously, Beshear made one GOP leader a judge and appointed another to the Public Service Commission.
The Judicial Nominating Commission also offered Beshear two other options, southern Kentucky lawyers Angela Capps and Stephen Douglas Hurt.