Williams says 'everything's fine' with Denton after she drops challenge

11/06/2010 02:29 PM

ELIZABETHTOWN Republican state Senate leaders insisted there will be no retribution against their colleague, Sen. Julie Denton of Louisville, now that she abandoned her challenge to David Williams for the Senate presidency on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters after the Senate Republican caucus met behind closed doors, Williams said he was appreciative of the Republican caucus for re-nominating him for Senate president and that Denton was fully supporting the caucus’ vote.

In addition to Williams, the other four members of the Republican state Senate leadership team were re-elected by the caucus, including Senate President Pro-Tem Katie Stine, Floor Leader Robert Stivers, Whip Carroll Gibson and Caucus Chairman Dan Seum.

Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, made a motion to re-nominate the current leadership for Republicans.

Stivers also addressed reporters after the vote and said he saw no reason why Denton would be affected when it came to committee assignments because of Denton’s short-lived challenge to Williams. Denton is head of the Senate’s health and welfare committee.

- Reporting and videos produced by Kenny Colston

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