While close on substance, senator and her blogger challenger far apart on style

05/16/2012 06:37 PM

In her quest for a third term representing the 35th Senate District, state Sen. Denise Harper Angel faces her most outspoken challenger yet — Louisville activist and blogger Curtis Morrison.

Harper Angel has raised more than $21,000 this year and received endorsements of civic groups and unions. Morrison has collected $2,091 from 25 donors.

While the race might not be appear to be as competitive as others, it still has been a race worth noting — if only for the sharp contrast between the two candidates.

Watch the video profile of the race:

Morrison has been critical of Harper Angel on his blog for her attending a conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative organization that proposes “model legislation” sometimes crafted behind closed doors by lobbyists and representatives of special interests.

Harper Angel says she attended the meetings because she works in the Republican-based Senate and wanted to research what issues were being promoted by the group – something several other Democratic state Senators have done. For instance, Democratic State Sens. Kathy Stein of Lexington and Gerald Neal of Louisville attended ALEC’s 2009 conference in Atlanta. Stein said on Pure Politics she wanted to understand what pieces of model legislation, such as bills aimed at revamping state pension systems, were being crafted.

With no Republican filed to run in the 35th Senate District race, the winner of the May 22 Democratic primary is all but assured of being the next senator.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, 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 the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.



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