Brinkman gives his take on GOP primaries, looks back on tenure in House

12/14/2010 07:31 PM

While he said he’s not ready to endorse in the Republican primary for governor, outgoing state Rep. Scott Brinkman called Senate President David Williams a talented stump speaker and “formidable opponent” in next year’s race.

Brinkman, a Louisville Republican, said he didn’t think Williams would be hampered in the GOP primary by some of his past votes, such as raising taxes to pay for education as part as the Kentucky Education Reform Act in 1990. He said Williams should be judged on his “body of work” as Senate president for the last decade, including legislation he opposed.

“The Senate stopped an awful lot of tax increases, and certainly Senator Williams was at the forefront for stopping a lot of those increases,” Brinkman said on Tuesday’s edition of Pure Politics. “… If you at the initiatives the Senate stopped in those 10 years, you can certainly frame the debate that Senator Williams is a conservative Republican right in the mainstream of Republican ideology and thought.”

Williams faces Louisville businessman Phil Moffett in the May GOP primary for governor.

Brinkman, 55, opted not to seek a sixth term to the House this fall because of extra work he has taken on at his law firm, Stoll Keenon Ogden. But Brinkman wouldn’t rule out potentially running for office again some day.

“I’m happy that I basically term limited myself because of these obligations,” he said. “But never say never.”

- Ryan Alessi

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