STUMBO FLOATS BALLOON TO TEST CHANCES FOR SPEAKER’S JOB


  

In a Courier-Journal article, Reporter Tom Loftus reported that Rep.Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg) says he has not ruled out running for Jody Richard’s Speaker of the House job in the 2009 January session of the General Assembly.
 

Stumbo criticized the efforts put forth by Richards and other House leaders in backing Gov. Beshear’s Casino gambling bill in the 2008 session of the legislature. He was quoted as saying, “I thought what they did to the governor, quite frankly, and I’ve said this before, was not good for the state and not good politically.  Democratic leadership under Richards, failed to do enough to allow the new Democratic governor to have a successful session.”
Speaker Richards denied the Stumbo charge and said, “That’s not a true statement, I tried to pass it and tried to get consensus on a bill.”

Stumbo told Loftus that he’s not campaigning for any leadership spot and may not run for speaker. He expressed interest in winning appointment as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.  The Judiciary Committee is a very important position and the Chairman traditionally tightly controls votes on hundreds of bills concerning the criminal code, law enforcement and the judiciary.

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