Did working against a fellow Republican incumbent hurt Rep. Bam Carney? Hoover doesn't think so

07/14/2014 04:47 PM

Rep. John “Bam” Carney, R-Campbellsville, took an “unusual” step, according to Sen. President Robert Stivers, when he endorsed a Republican candidate against a sitting legislator in the May primary. But that occurrence does not seem to have carried over into the inner workings of the two chambers, House and Senate Republican leaders say.

House Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, told Pure Politics recently that the whole idea has been “overblown.”

“I think the whole thing has been overblown as far as any adverse or negative effects between the House Republicans and Senate Republicans,” Hoover told Pure Politics in a studio interview.

Carney, the House minority whip, publicly endorsed Max Wise — the challenger to sitting Republican incumbent Sen. Sara Beth Gregory of Monticello, in the final days of the primary election for the 16th Senate District.

“They’re boyhood friends,” Hoover said. “As someone pointed out to me – if Max Wise had won by 100 votes it may be a different story.”

Wise won the district’s seven counties— which includes Taylor, Adair, Russell, Clinton, Cumberland, Wayne and McCreary counties— by nearly 3,000 votes.

According to Hoover, the action of Carney has not even come up between himself and Stivers.

“The day after the election President Stivers and I were together for three days at a Republican leadership conference and it was never discussed. And it hasn’t been discussed since,” Hoover said.

In a June interview Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, told Pure Politics that the relationship between House Republicans and Senate Republicans is “not made up of personalities but based on issues.”

Stivers said that had Carney divulged confidential information between the two groups the relationship could be re-evaluated, but that while it is odd it doesn’t change the dynamic between the two chambers.

“I don’t think Representative Carney said anything, to my knowledge, that was in any way derogatory or impugned any of us,” Stivers said. “If that had happened then that would have created some questions.”

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, 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 the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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