Ben Chandler: 'Who is going to represent the middle?'

12/03/2010 07:31 PM

U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, a Versailles Democrat, said the 2010 election was the Republicans’ best shot to unseat him.

“No doubt about it,” he said in an interview for Pure Politics.

But he said it wasn’t just a Republican wave that had him about 650 votes away from losing his seat. Chandler said he may have fallen victim to frustration from Democrats over some of his votes that went against his party.

And Chandler has been one of the most outspoken officials in Kentucky of what he has called the political danger of being a moderate.

“If you’re a moderate in the Democratic Party and you reach out across the aisle to the Republican Party, you can just count on having your fingers burned,” Chandler said in a Jan. 29 speech to business leaders in Lexington. “You can just count on your left wing attacking you. So it has a chilling effect.”

Chandler said he believes that’s even more true now than it was when he said it more than 10 months ago:

- Ryan Alessi


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