The Chatter: Miller leaves administration; Sen. Paul's faulty toilet; and Gatewood's new manager

03/10/2011 04:33 PM

Jonathan Miller, who has served as Gov. Steve Beshear’s secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet is leaving state government to join an energy firm, according to the governor’s office.

Miller ran against Beshear in a seven-way Democratic primary for governor in 2007. Miller bowed out of the primary and endorsed Beshear, giving him a slight boost that many observers credited with being enough for Beshear to crack the 40% threshold thereby allowing him to avoid a runoff election.

In a statement, Miller said he is leaving state government to take a job as senior adviser to Wellford Energy and will join the law firm of Frost, Brown, Todd.

Paul debates lightbulbs, toilets with bureaucrat

In an exchange not often heard in Washington D.C., U.S. Sen. Rand Paul took a member of Energy Department to task in a committee meeting today over lightbulbs and toilets.

Paul took issue with the department’s efficiency standards, saying it was a mandate aimed at putting companies out of business. At one point, he referred to the Energy Department as “busybodies”

Paul’s office uploaded a video of the committee hearing to its Youtube Page

Here’s a transcript of one of the exchanges between Paul and Kathleen Hogan, deputy assistant secretary for Energy Efficiency at the Energy Department:

PAUL: But you restrict our choices, right?
HOGAN: I really do not believe the appliance standards end up restricting personal choice.
PAUL: I can’t buy the old light bulbs. That restricts my choice on buying. I can’t buy that
HOGAN: My view is what you want is lighting?
PAUL: I can’t buy a toilet that works.
HOGAN: I can help you find a toilet that works.
PAUL: Are you going to pay for it?

Ralph Long to run Gatewood Galbraith’s campaign

Political blogger and former state government employee Ralph Long is the new campaign manager for the independent gubernatorial slate of Gatewood Galbraith and his running mate Dea Riley, the campaign announced.

Long worked for former Auditor Ed Hatchett as chief information officer. Long also ran for a state House seat in 2004 and has blogged about Kentucky politics — most notably about the Kentucky Retirement System.

Galbraith and Riley have been raising money for the governor’s race and are still collecting the necessary 5,000 signatures to qualify for the fall ballot.

- Compiled by Kenny Colston

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