Thayer will not run statewide in 2015, plans to seek another term as majority leader

09/21/2014 09:01 AM

With a string of bold predictions for the GOP in 2014 and 2015, state Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, says he is most needed in his current position and will not seek a higher office.

In an interview with Pure Politics Thayer said he has been encouraged to run for a statewide office next year, but he has decided to seek a second term in his current leadership role in the state Senate.

“In 2015 I’m going to seek another two-years as Senate Majority Floor Leader. I have no plans at this time to run for another statewide office — I have had people encourage me to run for Secretary of State or Auditor, but right now I just don’t think that’s in the cards,” Thayer said.

“I love my job as Senate Majority Floor Leader I’m going to ask my colleagues to give me another two years there…the way that I can be of best service to the commonwealth is in the state Senate as majority leader.”

Before the 2015 campaigning can get into full swing Republicans have their eye on taking control of the state House of Representatives.

Democrats hold their slimmest majority in the chamber with 54 seats to the Republicans 46 seats, but they will need to pick up a net nine seats — the GOP is only defending 42 incumbents because of retiring members.

One of the incumbents Republicans are defending is Thayer’s friend and state Rep. Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown, who faces Democrat Chuck Tackett a farmer from the area who was hand picked by Gov. Steve Beshear to run against Quarles.

Thayer said the move from Beshear “disappointed” him because of the support he has offered the governor on several key bills over the past several sessions.

“As you know Governor Beshear and I have a good bipartisan working relationship and as you know I was a little offended that he went into my home district and recruited against my good friend and my state representative Ryan Quarles,” Thayer said.

“The governor believe me knows how I feel about this,” he said. “I thought it was a bit of a slap in the face based on the working relationship he and I have had in the past…he made a mistake because Ryan Quarles is going to get re-elected on election day.”

In 2015 Thayer said he is supporting the candidacy of James Comer in his gubernatorial bid in the GOP primary against Hal Heiner.

To hear more on his support for Comer and McDaniel watch the interview above at 4:45 in the video.

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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