SEN. DAVID WILLIAMS TO RESIGN NOV. 2ND. UPON APPOINTMENT AS CIRCUIT JUDGE

FRANKFORT — Kentucky Senate President David Williams, a Republican reviled by the Democrats he has stymied for nearly 13 years, will resign his post Nov. 2 to accept a judicial appointment by Gov. Steve Beshear.

In a widely anticipated move, the Democratic governor selected his longtime political foe Friday to fill an open circuit court judgeship in Southern Kentucky.

The Burkesville Republican’s appointment leaves a void in Republican Senate leadership for the first time since Republicans assumed control of the Senate in 2000.

Senate Majority Leader Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said late in the day he had contacted Senate Republicans to inform them that he will pursue the presidency if the GOP remains the majority party in the Senate after the Nov. 6 elections.

Stivers said he did not advise Williams about the judicial position, “but I wish him the very best.”

Senate State and Local Government Chairman Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said if Stivers seeks the presidency, he would run for Senate majority leader. Thayer worked unsuccessfully with Beshear this year in trying to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot to allow expanded gambling.

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