The Chatter: Rogers explains why Romney will win; Legislative conference costs; and Edelen hires Steitzer

11/30/2011 04:30 PM

Republican voters will eventually warm up to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, said U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset.

Rogers said it’s not harmful to Romney that Republicans seem to be shopping for alternatives — first Michele Bachmann, then Rick Perry, then Herman Cain and most recently Rogers’ former House colleague, Newt Gingrich.

“I think they will look at Mitt Romney for his leadership skills, for his experience as governor in bailing out failing companies around the world … as well as bailing out the Olympics in Salt Lake City,” he said, adding that he first got to know Romney at that time.

*Kentucky paid $587,000 for 2010 legislative conference, C-J reports

The National Conference of State Legislatures fell short of its private fundraising goals to put on its 2010 conference in Louisville and billed Kentucky taxpayers for $587,000 to cover the gap, the Courier-Journal’s Mike Wynn reported Wednesday.

Bobby Sherman, the director of the Legislative Research Commission, told Wynn that it was worth it to the state because he said the conference that drew lawmakers from around the country generated $7.1 million worth of economic activity.

Stephenie Steitzer to become Adam Edelen’s communications director

Former Courier-Journal reporter Stephenie Steitzer will handle media and communications for Adam Edelen once he’s sworn in as the next state auditor in January.

Steitzer’s hire was first reported Tuesday by Joe Sonka the LEO.

Steitzer confirmed her hiring to Pure Politics on Tuesday. She left the Courier-Journal in February to work at Keeneland.

Edelen said on Pure Politics this month that his first priorities will be to look into education funds, Medicaid contracts and special taxing districts.


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