The Chatter: Quotable Kentuckians, political legacies and 2011 politics

12/28/2010 12:34 PM

According to Politico, two Kentucky politicians delivered some of the best quotes in national politics in 2010. Current Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, who lost to Rand Paul in the U.S. Senate race this year, made the list for his line about “Aqua Buddha” during the two candidates’ fourth debate. And the man Paul will replace, retiring Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, also made the list for griping at an ABC News reporter who tries to ride a “senators-only” elevator.

Speaking of Bunning, Amanda Van Benschoten of the Cincinnati Enquirer profiled the two-term senator from Northern Kentucky. Former aides to Bunning and current Northern Kentucky politicians cite Bunning’s helpfulness in developing a “deep bench” for Republicans in the area. They also credit Bunning with bringing attention to the Northern Kentucky region.

Another out-going politician, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, received the look-back treatment from Courier-Journal reporter Dan Klepal this week. Klepal documents Abramson’s rise to the mayor’s office, and his eventual return, as well as some successes and bumps along the way for Abramson, who is leaving city hall to run for lieutenant governor with current Gov. Steve Beshear during his re-election bid in 2011.

Former Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph Lambert is a possible candidate for the Republican nomination for attorney general in 2011, according to multiple reports. Marcus Carey of BluegrassBulletin.com first reported the widely-circulated rumor last week, while Joe Gerth of the Courier-Journal confirmed Lambert’s interest in the race yesterday.

State Senate Republicans are looking to push through their recently announced 2011 agenda during the first week of the 2011 legislative session, Tom Loftus of the Courier-Journal reports. That first week is usually reserved for leadership races and committee assignments, but the Republican majority has already voted to re-elect their current leadership and may have already decided committee positions for their caucus.

- Compiled by Kenny Colston

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