From the Vault: Democratic Party unity from 1983 with Martha Layne Collins

05/23/2011 07:59 AM

Traditionally, party leaders spend the days after a primary election trying to get ex-rivals and their supporters all on the same team in preparation for the general election.

This year, the Republicans are trying to patch things up and move on, as Kenny Colston reported over the weekend.

But in past years, the Democratic primaries tended to provide the most drama that required healing afterward.

In 1983, Lt. Gov. Martha Layne Collins edged out the mayor of Louisville, Harvey Sloan, and state Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Grady Stumbo for the Democratic nomination for governor.

She explained on camera at an event in Northern Kentucky that summer how the unification process went. That is the subject of the latest “From the Vault” segment.

- Ryan Alessi


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