66th House GOP primary pits former Boone Co. commissioner against 4-term Rep. Wuchner

05/07/2012 05:05 PM

The Republican primary for the state House seat in northeastern Boone County is one of the most high-profile match ups this spring between a tea party candidate, in former Boone County Commissioner Cathy Flaig, and an establishment incumbent in state Rep. Addia Wuchner.

Wuchner has served in the state House for four terms as a member of the House Republican minority. Wuchner has pushed for bills aimed at helping dyslexic students and aimed at educating new parents so as to cut down on instances of “shaken baby” abuse.

Flaig, meanwhile, is a former Boone County commissioner and a past president of the Northern Kentucky Tea Party. She came within 75 votes of defeating Republican Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore in the 2010 primary for judge-executive. And Flaig said she now wants to bring her approach to Frankfort.

Wuchner also talked about an issue that first came up during her failed run for the Republican nomination for state auditor in 2011 and has nagged her in the form of a whisper campaign this spring.

Wuchner had sued an insurance company, Unum Life Insurance Co., in 2009, claiming that Unum Life Insurance Co. stopped paying her to offset lost income as a result of a work-related car accident in 1996, as the Herald-Leader’s John Cheves first reported last May. Here’s an excerpt from Cheves’ article:

Unum had paid Wuchner long-term disability benefits from 1997 to 2006 as a result of injuries she sustained in a 1996 car crash, which forced her to leave her hospital job, according to the lawsuit.

Wuchner said she could not resume her full-time job as a hospital administrator at the time of the accident. She has never sought government disability payments. Instead, she received payments from a private insurance company for which she said she was entitled:

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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