Political commentators Smith and Carey debate the session, 2011 elections

02/07/2011 09:58 AM

Kentucky’s Democratic governor has shifted to the right, said conservative analyst Marcus Carey. And the front-runner for the Republican nomination for governor is “for big government,” countered Nathan Smith.

The two political analysts offered their take on the 2011 General Assembly session and primary elections for statewide office on Pure Politics.

Carey, a Northern Kentucky-based lawyer, is a former vice chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky and publisher of BluegrassBulletin.com. Smith is a Fort Mitchell businessman and former vice chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party.

Here’s what they had to say about the session and the governor’s race:

They also handicapped the other primary contests this spring, including the Secretary of State’s races in both parties. Carey said he favors Hilda Legg of Somerset over Bill Johnson in the Republican primary. On the Democratic side, Smith said Lexington lawyer Alison Lundergan Grimes is in a better position than Elaine Walker to raise the $250,000 necessary to gain the name recognition to win the Democratic primary.

And, as a bonus, the two weighed in on some federal issues, including freshman U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s proposal to slash $500 billion in domestic spending:


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