New Super PAC could play in 4th District; Scott Jennings leaves open working for it

03/19/2012 07:24 AM

A new Super PAC based in Alexandria, Ky., popped up last week with former Republican Governors Association attorney Mike Adams filing the paperwork with the Federal Election Commission.

Adams turned in the paperwork for the ambiguously-named Americans for Growth, Opportunity and Progress to the Federal Election Commission last Monday.

It’s the latest development in a potential ramp-up for outside groups to get involved and potentially influence the outcome of the seven-candidate Republican primary for the open 4th Congressional District seat. One candidate, Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie, met with one Northern Kentucky donor, Richard Knock, who has been linked to wanting to start a Super PAC. However, Massie denies talking about that with Knock.

Adams, meanwhile, left the RGA to work for the law firm Dismore & Shohl out of Kentucky and Washington, D.C. He set up a Super PAC affiliated with the Republican Governors Association last year that ran ads early in the summer in support of GOP gubernatorial candidate David Williams.

Adams also is a longtime friend of Louisville-based Republican consultant Scott Jennings, who worked on Williams’ campaign.

Jennings said he was aware of Super PACs potentially getting involved in the 4th District Republican primary. And he said he was aware of Adams’ Super PAC but said he didn’t know which candidate it was supporting and wasn’t working with it yet.

“I would consider doing anything with Mike Adams … I hope to work with Mike in the future,” Jennings said.

Jennings said such a Super PAC could play a key role in the 4th District race.

“I expect them to be active in Kentucky, and I would certainly consider working for one,” he said. Watch that part of an interview on Friday with Jennings:

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