Logsdon unanimously approved as Democratic Party chairman

06/19/2010 04:12 PM

(UPDATED WITH VIDEO) FRANKFORT — Leaders of the Kentucky Democratic Party on Saturday unanimously elected Daniel Logsdon, the deputy chief of staff to Gov. Steve Beshear, to become the first full-time paid party chairman in more than seven years.

Beshear said he nominated Logsdon after talking with Democratic officials in Washington and across Kentucky.

“I think I’ve come to the right conclusion,” Beshear said at the 11 a.m. meeting at the party’s headquarters outside Frankfort.

Logsdon will take over on July 1. He replaces Charlie Moore, an attorney from Union County, who has served in the position on a volunteer basis for the last 16 months.

Changing the position back to being a full-time paid post, as it was most recently at the end of Gov. Paul Patton’s term early in 2003, should add stability to party, several Democrats have said.

In the last 10 years, the Kentucky Republican Party has had four full-time chairmen, while Logsdon will be the ninth in that stretch following Nicki Patton, Jerry Johnson, Susan Westrom, Bill Garmer, Jerry Lundergan, Jonathan Miller, Jennifer Moore and Charlie Moore.

Logsdon will assume the managerial and campaign organization duties of an executive director as well as become the public face for the party. He will be tasked with overseeing party fund-raising, working with candidates from local offices to U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway and coordinating the voter identification and get-out-the-vote efforts leading up to the November election.

“He possesses the integrity, the attention to detail, the passion, the intelligence to help us put together the strongest campaign at the top of the ticket, the strongest field campaign this state will have ever seen and one of the great election cycles that we know will be coming,” Conway said. “Dan Logsdon can lead us to a wonderful cycle.”

But with any party chairman position comes pressure to win and always the potential of being made a scapegoat when the party doesn’t.

During brief remarks to the state central committee, Logsdon made a joking reference to those challenges.

“Some have congratulated me, Others have offered to pay for my psychological treatment,” he said.

Watch Logsdon’s remarks:
– Ryan Alessi with video produced by Dan Pelstring


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