After beating an incumbent, what kind of reception can Wise expect from fellow Republicans?

06/05/2014 03:37 PM

Republicans’ newest state Senator shouldn’t expect any hard feelings when he arrives in Frankfort next year after defeating an incumbent Republican in this year’s primary elections, Senate President Robert Stivers said.

Max Wise, a Campbellsville University professor and former FBI analyst, unseated first-term Sen. Sara Beth Gregory in last month’s primary for the 16th Senate District in Taylor, Adair, Russell, Clinton, Cumberland, Wayne and McCreary counties.

Stivers said he has spoken to Wise since the election. And he said he wasn’t aware of anything Wise said on the campaign trail against Gregory or about the Senate, in general, that would affect his working relationship with the Senate Republican majority.

“He needs to start getting acclimated and getting ready for Jan. 1,” Stivers said.

But Stivers said the public endorsement of Wise by Republican Rep. Bam Carney, the GOP House whip, in the final days of the race was highly “unusual.”

Watch the video (at 3:00) to see if Stivers believes that will affect the working relationship between Senate leaders and Carney — or the House Republican leaders overall:


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