Geoff Davis said he decided last spring not to run in 2012; offers warning to candidates

01/22/2012 11:08 AM

(WITH VIDEO) MAYSVILLE — U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Hebron, decided last spring that he wouldn’t seek a fifth term in Congress in 2012 so that he wouldn’t be an absentee father. And during his speech Saturday night in Maysville, he warned the three main contenders for the GOP nomination to replace him of the demands that come with the job.

Davis appeared with the three major announced candidates for the 4th congressional district at the Buffalo Trace Lincoln Day Dinner at the Maysville Convention Center. It was the first time those candidates appeared at the same event.

And it was the first time Davis spoke publicly about his reasons for not seeking re-election since his announcement on Dec. 15. And he said his decision could be summed up simply:

“Two words: Daniel and Geoffrey,” Davis said of his the youngest of his six children. “For a guy who never knew his dad growing up, that I would have to go away at event after event — and for all the time all of you would have to spend on the road because this is a seven day-a-week job.”

Davis then gave a warning about the “seven-day-a-week job” and how much time it requires to be a workhorse, not a show-horse. He added that he has “disdain” for those members of Congress who spend a lot of time talking on TV but not reading the bills they have to vote on.

Davis surprised many when he announced Dec. 15 that he wouldn’t run again in 2012.

That prompted a scramble among Northern Kentucky Republicans. State Rep. Alecia Webb Edgington, R-Fort Wright, was first to announce her candidacy. She was followed by Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore. And on Jan. 10, Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie jumped in the race seeking to harness tea party support.

Massie, 41, and his wife Rhonda have four school-age children whom they are raising on a farm in Lewis County. Webb-Edgington and her husband, Ted, have a 16-year-old daughter. And Moore and his wife, Joy — who is a Court of Appeals judge in Northern Kentucky — have two adult children and three grandchildren.

A fourth candidate, Brian Oerther, a teacher and Oldham County resident, has announced his intent to file as well.


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