GOP AG candidate Todd P'Pool calls for tackling drugs, U.S. health care law

12/15/2010 07:53 PM

Hopkins County Attorney Todd P’Pool became the first candidate to formally file for attorney general on Wednesday and pledged to campaign on ways to curb drug abuse and challenge the federal health care law.

After filing his paperwork at the Secretary of State’s office at 10:20 a.m., P’Pool addressed the media and first explained the origins of his unusual name.

He said his family name was originally Pettypool but it was reduced to a shorthand version of P’Pool in the early 1800s.

P’Pool, 37, is a University of Kentucky graduate and was the first Republican since the Reconstruction Era elected to county-wide office in Hopkins County when he won in 2006.

He was a key player in the construction of the Wingshadow Lodge, a branch of Teen Challenge, which is a tax-exempt, faith-based organization that allows men fighting drug addiction to live and work at the facility outside of Dixon in western Kentucky.

P’Pool also said he wants to see the repeal of the health care law Congress passed this year and pledged that, if elected, he would file a federal lawsuit like attorneys general in other states.

A federal judge in Virginia ruled one portion of the law — the measure that requires most individuals to have health insurance — was unconstitutional.

While Judge Henry E. Hudson ruled that part was unconstitutional, he was careful to say that it wouldn’t nullify other portions. However, supporters of the legislation have said that taking away the health care requirement undermines the portion that bars insurance companies from turing someone down for having a pre-existing condition.

Still, P’Pool said he believes the ruling means the whole law is unconstitutional.

And P’Pool said he doesn’t know if he will be the only Republican in the race.

Jessamine County Attorney Brian Goettl, a Republican, told cn|2 Politics this week that he is still considering running and will decide after Jan. 1.

Incumbent Democrat Jack Conway has announced he plans to seek a second term but has not officially filed.

P’Pool said he expects he will have to raise more than $1 million in the campaign to win.

- Ryan Alessi

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