The Chatter: Lambert and Goettl out of AG race; several state candidates file ... and more

01/13/2011 05:16 PM

Former Chief Justice Joseph Lambert will not file for attorney general after current Chief Justice John Minton denied Lambert a leave of absence from the senior justices program, Jack Brammer of the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. Lambert, a Republican, has been serving as a senior judge since he retired from the Supreme Court. He said not being allowed that exemption was the main reason he did not file on Thursday, like he had planned.

Jessamine County Attorney Brian Goettl announced on Jack Pattie’s radio show on 590-WVLK in Lexington this week that he also wouldn’t run for the Republican nomination for attorney general. That leaves Todd P’Pool, the Hopkins County attorney, as the only candidate in that race.

Bill Hyers, a veteran of Democratic politics in the Midwest, has signed on to be the campaign manager for Gov. Steve Beshear’s re-election bid, Joe Gerth of the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. Hyers is a former liaison to the Department of Veterans Affairs for the White House and was an Iowa staffer for former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards in 2004 and 2008. Hyers also worked for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and was campaign manager for Kirsten Gillibrand’s successful New York congressional run and for in 2007 for Philadephia Mayor Michael Nutter.

According to the Secretary of State’s web site, multiple Democrats have filled to run for statewide office in the last few days. Elaine Walker, whom Beshear appointed last week to be the replacement for Trey Grayson as secretary of state, filed to run for the job in 2011. Adam Edelen, a former Beshear chief of staff, filed to run for state auditor. And Stewart Gritton, an Anderson County farmer, filed to run for agriculture commissioner.

The Legislative Research Commission is now putting all expenditures of the legislature on it’s web site, Jack Brammer reports. According to Brammer’s story, House Speaker Greg Stumbo is paid $50,382 while Senate President David Williams is paid $46,164 in salary.

Speaking of Stumbo, Valarie Honeycutt Spears of the Herald-Leader reports that the speaker has filed a bill that wouldn’t allow smoking in cars where children under 17 are present. The legislation would create a $25 for the first offense and a $50 fine every time after that. Stumbo says the idea for the bill came from his wife, after they witnessed people smoking with the windows up inside their car, with children in the car as well.

-Compiled by Kenny Colston


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