In what was seen as a surprising blow to indicted Governor Ernie Fletcher's (R) plans to seek reelection in 2007, Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence (R) unexpectedly announced Wednesday he would not run again as Fletcher's runningmate. Pence -- a former US Attorney prosecutor -- also said he would resign as Secretary of Fletcher's Justice Cabinet. Pence built his reputation as a tough prosecutor who targeted political corruption. Pence was not implicated in the hiring scandal swirling around Fletcher -- and, from his refusal to discuss at any depth the ongoing investigation and Fletcher's pardon of various aides, it was clear Pence was at odds with Fletcher. "I fully understand Steve's decision. This has been a tough work environment with or without [Attorney General] Greg Stumbo's relentless attacks," said Fletcher, in a written statement. Pence downplayed speculation he will oppose Fletcher in the GOP primary. Fletcher "clearly is on the ticket for 2007, and he needs an opportunity to find a running mate and prepare for his campaign," said Pence, explaining his early announcement. Political pundits in the Bluegrass State see Pence's move as a major blow to Fletcher, as it sends the voters a message that the "clean government" Pence is uncomfortable remaining associated with Fletcher.Looks like our neighbors to the south are having some pretty serious problems with their governor as well.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Kentucky Governor's Race Update
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