Speaker Stumbo's public and private life focus of Republican website launched Monday

09/27/2016 02:33 PM

House Speaker Greg Stumbo is in the Republican Party of Kentucky’s crosshairs, with the GOP unveiling a website on Monday hitting the longtime lawmaker for votes he’s taken in the House of Representatives while also dredging up embarrassing episodes from his personal life.

Stumbo, a Prestonsburg Democrat who gained notoriety for pursuing criminal charges against ex-Gov. Ernie Fletcher during his term as attorney general, is referred to as a “deadbeat dad” and a “deadbeat speaker” on the website, www.realgregstumbo.com.

RPK singles out votes by Stumbo that would make permanent the state-based insurance exchange kynect and Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, against tort reform and a tax reform package passed in 2000.

The site also takes a personal turn, highlighting Stumbo’s 1991 charge for driving under the influence and a 2001 lawsuit seeking retroactive child support filed by a woman with whom he fathered a child out of wedlock in 1988. He was married during the affair.

In the former matter, the judge lowered Stumbo’s charge to alcohol intoxication after a man came forward and said he was the legislator’s designated driver. In the latter, the mother’s lawsuit was ultimately unsuccessful after the court ruled that an unsigned agreement between her and Stumbo was invalid.

Stumbo, through a spokesman, declined to comment on the website, which also criticizes him for job losses in the state’s coal industry and for his taxpayer-funded pension.

RPK spokesman Tres Watson said the site serves as a reminder for those who might have forgotten Stumbo’s public and personal history.

“Greg Stumbo has made a career out of using the political system to benefit himself and his friends,” he said in a statement. “This website lays bare the real Greg Stumbo for the voters before election day.”

Stumbo faces Republican Larry Brown in the Nov. 8 election.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.

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