Current and former Democratic lawmakers endorse Attica Scott in House primary against incumbent Rep. Tom Riner

04/28/2016 11:50 AM

A sitting Democratic lawmaker and former Democratic House member have endorsed Attica Scott over incumbent Democratic Rep. Tom Riner in the May 17 Democratic primary.

Saying “Enough is enough,” Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville, and former Rep. Eleanor Jordan, D-Louisville, signed a direct-mail letter to Democratic voters in the 41st House Distict in Louisville supporting Scott, a former Louisville Metro Council member, and bashing longtime colleague Rep. Tom Riner, who has served in the House since 1982.

“For too many years, someone who doesn’t share our values has represented this district,” the letter reads. “The current representative is out of touch with the voters of the district on issues like choice, privacy and treating all people fairly regardless of gender or sexual orientation.”

“At a recent candidates’ forum, he shocked the audience with his declaration that he no longer caucuses with the Democrats,” the letter continues. “He even assisted County Clerk Kim Davis with her legal defense by introducing her to Liberty Counsel – the legal arm of Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University.”

Download the full endorsement letter here: Attica Scott Endorsement letter.pdf

The Democratic primary May 17 will decide the next state representative for the area, and Scott said she thought the strong statements from the lawmakers would benefit her candidacy.

“I appreciate the fact that these two very politically powerful women joined forces to write this letter of support for me and send it out to the folks in District 41,” Scott said in a phone interview.

“It says a lot that a former representative, in fact the last black woman to serve in the Kentucky House, to sign on to the letter as well as a current state representative who is saying, in essence, that she wants a colleague that she can work with on issues that matter to all of us.

“District 41 is 62 percent women, which says a lot about the direction we can take on May 17 to finally have a woman representing us again in the state House.”

Rep. Riner, who faces Scott and Phil Baker in the primary contest, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment early Thursday.

Scott leads all candidates in the race in fundraising with more than $17,000 raised and $14,638 left in cash-on-hand. Riner filed a report with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance showing that he has not raised any money in the campaign.

Baker, an insurance agent and former board member of the Kentucky American Civil Liberties Union, raised just over $4,000, but carries a negative balance of $123 into the final weeks, according to a report filed with KREF.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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