Thayer, LaRue Co. judge-exec. interviewed by 'The Daily Show' on Kentucky gun bill

07/19/2013 03:51 PM

A pair of Kentucky officials will get their 15 minutes of fame on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” for competing efforts regarding state rights issues.

The comedic news program caught wind of a war of nullification between the state Senate and LaRue County Judge Executive Tommy Turner.

The Republican-led state Senate attempted to pass a bill earlier this year aimed at nullifying any federal legislation to limit gun ownership. Turner pushed a county ordinance that would nullify any state law.

“After seeing that I thought well this is a unique concept I’ll just take that home and we’ll pass an ordnance that allows us to nullify state laws,” Turner said. “The Daily Show saw that and picked up on it and wanted to do a piece with me and Senator Damon Thayer in regards to it.”

Turner said he was reluctant to commit to an interview with the Daily Show initially, but eventually relented because people know it is a lighthearted program.

“I think they’ll be poking fun at both of us,” he said.

Thayer thought the interview went well and was glad to be selected to appear on the show.

“I thought it was great,” Thayer said of the interview. “I’m used to tough questions from Ryan Alessi, so that prepared me well.”

Thayer told Pure Politics that the show’s producer asked him to stand outside of his Georgetown home near his horses — in a full suit and tie for extra footage in the show. And Turner said producers made request of him too, such as answering the questions stoically.

“It’ll be interesting to see how it turns out,” Turner said.

The nullification of the nullification Turner said was a message to the state Senate, and he said that message was received. How well the two are received on the national stage is still yet to be seen.

“We’ll see how I feel when they put it together,” Thayer said.

The segment could air as early as next week, Thayer said.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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