4th District Update: Ben Dusing out; Webb-Edgington hires Davis' spokesman as manager

01/02/2012 12:53 PM

Ben Dusing, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Kentucky and Ohio, told Pure Politics on Monday that he has decided not to run for the Republican nomination for the 4th congressional district.

“I’m not going to run. And I have advised my friends and family and supporters in an email last night,” he said in a phone interview.

Dusing said it was a tough decision but as the father of three young children he said the timing wasn’t right to run.

Dusing joins a growing list of Republicans including Campbell County businessman Kevin Sell, Oldham County-based lobbyist Hunter Bates and state Rep. Adam Koenig of Erlanger who have taken themselves out of the running for the open seat.

Other Republicans still looking at the race include Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie, state Sen. Katie Stine of Southgate and attorney Lance Lucas, among others.

So far, only state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington of Fort Wright and Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore have announced their candidacies.

Dusing said he plans to remain neutral and not endorse during the primary but he added that he is confident “the GOP will have a good candidate regardless of whether Gary or Alecia is the nominee or if it’s someone else.”

While Dusing isn’t running for Congress, he hasn’t shut the door on running for office — particularly the state legislature.

Webb-Edgington’s decision to run means her 63rd District seat will be open.

“It’s definitely something I have my eye on,” he said.

Webb-Edgington hires Geoff Davis communications director Rick VanMeter

Meanwhile, Webb-Edgington hired her campaign manager — someone who has strong ties to retiring Congressman Geoff Davis.

Webb-Edgington named Rick VanMeter, who has served for the last year as the communications director in Davis’ Washington office. Before that, VanMeter worked as a district representative for Davis.

Davis established a reputation for putting a strong focus on constituent outreach through those district offices.

“I have no doubt that Alecia is the best candidate to represent the fourth district because she is a tough, principled conservative whose leadership is sorely needed in Washington, D.C.,” VanMeter said in the press release. “I am honored to run this campaign, and we will work tirelessly to earn the support of voters across the district. It is great to be back in Kentucky, and I am looking forward to the campaign ahead.”

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