GOP auditor race: Kemper explains his bankrupcy, Wuchner rejects notion she wants a 'nanny state'

04/28/2011 03:42 PM

The two candidates running in the Republican primary for state auditor often offer similar positions on the campaign trail.

They both claim they want to dig deeper into state government to root out waste.

Addia Wuchner, a state representative from Florence, has called for forming a new government office of accountability to specialize in looking at quasi-government agencies that don’t often get regular scrutiny from the auditor’s office like state agencies do. Does that mean Wuchner wants to expand government?

And John Kemper, the Lexington developer, often talks about the need to audit entitlement programs. What does that mean, and which ones is he talking about?

Find out in this segment of the Pure Politics cross-table interview with both candidates (if you’re reading this via our email feed, please click on the headline to view the video):

Kemper, meanwhile, has filed for personal bankruptcy under the code’s Chapter 11 to allow restructuring.

He said that has to do with an investment into a land deal in 2005 that went sour.

But he said that should not exclude him from being the state’s top government watchdog.

“I would much rather be a risk-taker than get a guaranteed check from the government,” he said in a follow-up interview after the debate, referring to Wuchner’s salary as a legislator.

Kemper also has had difficulty filing his paperwork on time. He acknowledged in a November interview on Pure Politics that he failed to turn in the annual business paperwork to the Secretary of State’s office for his development company. And in February, he was more than a week late in filing his financial disclosure paperwork to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission.

He also failed to list his business on that paperwork under the category of a firm in which he has a fiduciary role.

Wuchner, meanwhile, has taken criticism from tea party groups for proposing legislation to track the body mass index of students.

And despite pushing for transparency, Wuchner was one of just six candidates this spring who did not file her campaign finance report electronically to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. Filing manually typically delays the report from going online for people to review because registry staff must manually type in the information.

You can see what both candidates had to say in response to those issues here:

In the final segment, Kemper and Wuchner had the opportunity to ask each other a question.

Instead of being revealing, the questions were more awkward.

- Ryan Alessi


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