Ky. Democratic Chairman says 2 Senate seats are targets, gives party's view on gay marriage

05/14/2012 08:07 AM

Kentucky Democrats believe they can compete for two open state Senate seats held by Republicans, including one in which former congressman Carroll Hubbard will make his third attempt at the state Senate in six years.

Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon said Hubbard, a former congressman who spent time in prison in the 1990s for fraud and campaign finance violations, “had paid his debt to society” and is working hard in the 1st District race in far western Kentucky. That seat is being vacated by Republican Sen. Ken Winters, who is retiring.

Hubbard, so far, has raised more than $44,000 — about twice as much as Republican candidate Stan Humphries, the Trigg County judge-executive. Neither has a primary contest this spring.

Logsdon also mentioned a potential to pick up the 23rd District in Northern Kentucky in a very Republican area of north Kenton County. But Democrat James Noll has raised about $1,900 so far. In contrast, Chris McDaniel, the Republican candidate who has raised the most money in this month’s GOP primary, has collected more than $64,000.

Republicans control the Senate 22 to 15 with an independent. Logsdon also said he didn’t expect the presidential race to affect the state races (3:00).

And in light of President Barack Obama’s decision to back gay marriage, Logsdon also answered questions about whether the Kentucky Democratic Party supports gay marriage, which voters in the commonwealth banned with a constitutional amendment in 2004. (5:30 of the video).

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