McDaniel's campaign lands big-name speakers -- but not endorsements -- for 23rd District fundraiser

03/19/2012 05:21 PM

The invitation for an April 12 fundraiser for Republican state Senate candidate Chris McDaniel boasts big names as headliners, including U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis and state Sen. Jack Westwood — the man McDaniel is trying to succeed.

But, oddly, that doesn’t mean Davis and Westwood are endorsing McDaniel.

While officials normally lend their names or agree to speak only on behalf of candidates they are supporting, both a spokesman for McDaniel’s campaign and Westwood said the officials merely accepted invitations but haven’t endorsed.

McDaniel, a Taylor Mill businessman, faces Fort Mitchell Councilman Will Terwort in the May 22 Republican primary for the 23rd District.

Westwood and McDaniel are friends who attend the same church. And Terwort volunteered for Westwood’s first campaign to win the 23rd District in 1996.

Westwood said he has no plans to endorse either of them:

Westwood said he accepted the invitation to McDaniel’s fundraiser but likely won’t even be able to attend because April 12 is the last scheduled day of the General Assembly session, according to the legislative calendar.

Westwood and Davis’ endorsement would signal momentum in a race that already is likely to be overshadowed by the seven-candidate Republican primary for the 4th Congressional District, for which Davis decided not to run again.

McDaniel already has locked up the endorsement of former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning and Rob Sanders, the commonwealth attorney from Kenton County who announced his support of McDaniel on Monday.

Edwin King, campaign manager for McDaniel, said even though Davis hasn’t publicly backed McDaniel, “I think he will have some nice things to say about us.”

Terwort said he wasn’t concerned about McDaniel’s endorsements or the fundraising invitation.

“The only endorsement that I care about are the voters in the 23rd district,” Terwort said.

The winner of the Republican contest will face Democrat James Noll of Villa Hills in November in the heavily Republican district.

Here’s the rest of that McDaniel fundraiser invitation:

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at donald.weber@twcnews.com.

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