Okla. AG stumps for P'Pool, says he wants 'like-minded' people to push back against feds

09/09/2011 04:17 PM

LEXINGTON — Kentucky native and the Republican attorney general of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt, returned to the commonwealth this weekend to raise money and campaign for Republican candidate for Kentucky Attorney General, Todd P’Pool.

P’Pool, the Hopkins County attorney, is challenging Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway this fall for Conway’s post.

Pruitt, a Central Kentucky native and former University of Kentucky baseball player, will be one of three major headliners for a P’Pool fundraiser in Lexington Friday night. The other two big names are Alliance Coal CEO Joe Craft and Republican congressional candidate Andy Barr.

In a news conference in Lexington today, Pruitt said he returned to the state to endorse P’Pool because he wants like-minded attorneys general to help fight against EPA regulations, among other federal initiatives.

Pruitt is one of three attorneys general who sued in federal court over federal health care reform. A total of 28 attorneys general have signed on to those suits.

And Pruitt is currently suing over EPA regulations in his state.

Those are key issues of P’Pool’s candidacy, who often criticizes the EPA and says Kentucky will “report for duty” and join the lawsuits against health care reform.

P’Pool praised Pruitt’s work so far, saying he was a model for other Republican attorneys general.

-Reporting by Kenny Colston, video production by Greg Pursifull.

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