Former CIA contractor Carl Nett brings family history to 35th District House race

01/02/2014 09:03 AM

After traveling the world as a member of the Secret Service and contractor for the Central Intelligence Agency, Carl Nett has returned to Louisville and wants the job his father held for 20 years: state representative in the 35th District.

Nett is running as a Republican for the chance to go up against Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, who has been in the General Assembly for the last 24 years ever since he beat Nett’s father, Carl A. Nett, in the 1990 Democratic primary.

The younger Nett told Pure Politics he’s not running this race to settle any family feud.

By virtue of his professional experience, Nett does offer some perspective into one of the biggest national stories of 2013 — the revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who reveled the extent of spying by the NSA on American citizens.

Watch his take on that and his campaign as a Republican candidate in a Democratic district:

Democrats currently hold a slight majority in the House with 54 members to Republicans 46 members.

This is the first in a series of profiles of legislative candidates that will air throughout 2014 in advance of the November elections.

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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