Greg Stumbo plays starring role in Kentuckians for Strong Leadership super PAC video focused on flipping the House

01/27/2016 11:22 AM

A group which played a pivotal role in the re-election of Republican U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is now setting their sights and their dollars on the state House.

Kentuckians for Strong Leadership have reformed their mission to flip the state House to GOP control. The group released their first web ad of the election season on Wednesday with a message to Republicans to flip the state House. Democrats have controlled the lower chamber since 1921.

The web video released on Wednesday features a heaping helping of House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s Nov. election night speech to fellow Democrats following the loss of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jack Conway.

“Democratic control of Kentucky’s state house has stifled progress here for too long,” said Kent Westberry, Chairman of KSL’s Board of Directors in a press release. “Our intention is to do as much as we can to deliver control of the Kentucky House to a conservative Republican majority that will break the policy logjam that exists under Speaker Greg Stumbo.”

The group went on to thank Stumbo for “tagging every Democrat running for state House as a Member of the ‘Party of Obama,’ and as candidates who ‘believes in the core values’ that Obama represents.”

Westberry continues by saying that he hopes Clinton comes to Kentucky and helps state House candidates just as much she helped former McConnell challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in 2014.

The video makes special mention for Republicans to vote in the four March 8 special elections. Those races represent the possibility of tying the House in membership if the Republicans win each of the four elections. Currently Democrats hold 50 seats to Republicans 46.

KSL Senior Advisor Scott Jennings spoke to Pure Politics about the ad, and he said the group does not intend to participate in any primary races in 2016, but they will play a major role in the fall election.

With the Republicans fielding 91 challengers in 100 races the group will have to be strategic with how they dole out their dollars.

“This is the biggest field we’ve ever had in terms of targeted races,” Jennings said.

According to an analysis of their campaign finance records by Pure Politics the group has $539,060 in two campaign accounts that they have been quietly been adding to since the 2014 Senate race.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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