Republican Party will be united for fall campaign, Thayer says

05/20/2011 03:23 PM

Georgetown Republican State Senator Damon Thayer said while some raw feelings remain from the Republican primary campaign, he believes the party faithful will be unified by the November general election.

Thayer strongly backed Senate President David Williams in the May 17 GOP primary for governor. Williams won the low-turnout primary but now must get supporters of runner-up Phil Moffett on board.

“Phil Moffett and Senator Williams had a good discussion on the phone,” Thayer said. “Nobody likes to lose an election, so give it some time.” (see the 5:00 mark of the clip)

Several tea party groups that had backed Moffett have said their support is up for grabs.

Moffett fared well in the most populated areas of Kentucky, including beating Williams in Thayer’s district, which covers Scott, Owen, Grant and part of Kenton counties.

“You’ve got to give credit to the tea party movement that is very strong, not only in my district, but really throughout the golden triangle, in Northern Kentucky, Fayette County and Jefferson County,” Thayer said. (see the 1:30 mark of the clip)

Thayer said part of the reason Williams stumbled around Lexington and Louisville is the editorial pages of Kentucky’s two biggest daily newspapers have been targeting Williams for years. But he ran strongest in the parts of the state where he and running mate, Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, are known best.

“In the part of the state where David Williams and Richie Farmer are known the best, they ran very, very strong,” Thayer said.

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