Thayer believes Republicans will unite behind GOP gubernatorial nominee despite bickering

05/01/2015 04:10 PM

FRANKFORT — Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer believes that,
despite the testy exchanges in recent weeks between GOP gubernatorial candidates Matt Bevin, James Comer and Hal Heiner, Republicans around the state will come together and support the May 19 primary winner and mount a strong campaign against Democratic nominee Jack Conway in the fall.

Former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott is the fourth GOP candidate, but has not been part of the bickering between the other three.

“I think there will be a unity effort to unite the party behind our nominee, whoever that is,” Thayer, R-Georgetown, said in an interview with Pure Politics. “I believe that any one of these gentleman would make a better governor than Jack Conway, and I plan to be aggressively involved in helping our nominee as well as the other nominees to the down-ticket races.”

Thayer acknowledges that the turnout will be low for the primary as well as the general election in November, and he favors the idea of moving the gubernatorial and constitutional officers’ elections to even-numbered election years.

“I believe that when we’re electing the governor of the state, we should have the most number of voters involved as possible,” Thayer said.

“History shows, if you look at the graph, that the turnout is highest in presidential years, followed closely by the off-year when we don’t elect a president but we elect members of Congress.”


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