'Embarrassing' meltdown in legislature reaffirms need for new leaders, Trey Grayson says

04/18/2012 08:20 AM

The governor and legislative leaders have embarrassed Kentucky by failing to get all their work done during the regular legislative session and for the child-like squabbling between Gov. Steve Beshear and Senate President David Williams, said former Republican Secretary of State Trey Grayson.

Grayson, now the director of the Harvard University Institute of Politics, said on Pure Politics Monday that Williams could face strong headwinds from within his own Republican caucus during next January’s leadership elections. One factor, he said, is that the caucus will likely include new Republican senators who won’t be as loyal to Williams, such as those running in the open 15th and 23rd districts.

“I’ve heard a lot of folks saying, ‘David Williams has done a lot for the party, he’s done a lot of good things legislatively but it’s time to go,’” Grayson said (2:00). He noted that the public doesn’t have control over that — those decisions are made by legislators at the beginning of January in odd-numbered years.

When asked whether both legislative chambers need to pick new leaders, Grayson said, “I think they do.”

Find out what he says about Gov. Steve Beshear’s ability to work with the legislature (3:30.)


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