Republican Mike Karem questions whether Williams can win; touts another potential candidate

11/08/2010 07:26 PM

Republican consultant and former GOP official Mike Karem of Louisville said he doubts Senate President David Williams can win the governor’s race and suggested Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw might be a better alternative.

Karem said on Pure Politics that Williams and running mate Richie Farmer — the commissioner of agriculture and former University of Kentucky basketball player — are not locks to win the GOP nomination for governor next year.

“I know there are a lot of people who don’t believe David Williams can win,” said Karem, who served as an aide to the late Republican Gov. Louie B. Nunn as well as a official in the U.S. Housing and Urban Development office under President Ronald Reagan. Most recently Karem served as special advisor to Paul Bremer in Iraq during part of George W. Bush’s administration.

Karem said someone like Holsclaw, who easily won re-election as the Jefferson County Clerk on Tuesday, could be in the mix as another Republican candidate. But Holsclaw would have to find a running mate to join the field of Williams-Farmer and Phil Moffett and his lieutenant governor candidate, state Rep. Mike Harmon of Boyle County.

Holsclaw confirmed in a telephone interview that she is giving thought to running for governor. Holsclaw agreed to be on Pure Politics later in the week. Moffett also has committed to an interview with Pure Politics. Williams has been invited to appear on the program as well.

Here’s the interview with Karem about soon-to-be U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s victory as well as his opinion about the 2011 governor’s race:


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