Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Post Election Clean Up

Well, in case you missed it, the elections are over…for now. Voter turnout was a low 15 percent of the state’s registered voters. One Democrat said she voted for the ones who didn’t bother her with phone calls while another Democrat told me, “there’s nothing to vote for”. She didn’t like anything see saw or heard about any of the candidates. Her only regret was that there wasn’t a “none of above” on the ballot. If there was, there would be a lot of embarrassed politicians suddenly out of office.

As for my predictions, it looks like I was pretty right on. It looks like I missed just a couple. For State Treasurer, I said Republican Lonnie Napier and Mike Weaver on the Democratic side would win. Well, Melinda Wheeler, who wants to do away with the office, won on the GOP side while Todd Hollenbach, son of the former Jefferson County Judge Executive during the forced bussing episode of 1975, won for the Democrats.

For Agriculture Commissioner, Richie Farmer (R) won as I thought he would, while my other pick, David Neville lost to David Williams, a current Democrat. Williams is a sometime Republican and sometime Democratic candidate. Looks like Democratic suits him well this time! Congratulations to both Todd Hollenbach and David Williams on their win.

If Jody Richards is serious about Kentucky’s best interest, he should forget about running for Governor or any other office than the one he currently has. He needs to stay right where he’s at as Speaker of the House. Sometimes one can do more good by not having the top job.

My thanks to John Y Brown III for being a good sport. He did a great job as Secretary of State. I think if John has higher aspirations, he should look to either a State Senate or State Representative seat, and then come back for another run. I’ve heard rumors that John and Jack Conway had considered a possible at the Governor’s Mansion. I think that would make a formable team. You listening John?

Gatewood Galbraith has made some four attempts for Governor. Gatewood, you’re always a hoot, but it just ain’t gonna happen pal. Have you ever considered running for Agriculture Commissioner? If not, you should. You’re a basically country lawyer. You know about the problems of farmers and obstacles they face. This is a rural state. You could do a lot there. Go for it!

Jeff Hoover. What can I say? You’re tough. You’re experienced. You’re intelligent. And I like that. But like Jody, you may be at your best right where you are. Besides being a thorn in Larry Clark’s side (I like that too), you might consider making it your mission to bring talented people interested in public service into the Republican Party, and even helping them run for office.

Billy Harper. You’re a heck of a guy. I admire your convections. I especially admire your willingness to back up your convections with your own money. It’s rare in politics these days that someone will “walk the talk”. I’d like to see you in a position where you could ride roughshod over the financial abuses and mismanagement in Frankfort. I bet you’d clean house! Like my advice to Jeff, I think you can offer much to people aspiring to public service from the Republican side of the fence. You’d make a terrific “Dutch Uncle”!

Finally, Anne Northup. You had just lost your seat to John Yarmuth. Perhaps you felt compelled to run. You’ve done it for so long. Maybe it was outside pressure, but I suspect it may have been the sting of defeat and the need to prove yourself again. You did what you felt needed to be done. You’ve been a State Representative. You’ve been a Congresswoman. You did well. You really did. Now, take some time off for yourself. You’ve earned it.

Congratulations to all the victors and thank you to all those who time out of the busy lives to run for public office. I’ve been there and done that. It isn’t easy.


Anonymous said...

Gatewood ran for Ag Comm in 1983 and that, truthfully, is where the positions he advocates - and not just hemp - could have the most impact. He carried one county Tuesday and ran second in three more, including in Fayette. There is a future office for him.

Barbara said...

Good follow up and I REALLY like the new picture. . .what a handsome guy!

Another Opinion said...

Aw shucks...thanks!

Anonymous said...

My ADVICE to everybodyadvice is to make sure you learn on runing politcail campaigns. because not everone can be good at it. You need to ask your local hall if they have a school for young and coming politicans. There may be a school for you. There may be a school for you at your local hall just ask and run for ofice. Its not hard to do but people can do it.

Another Opinion said...

Sound advise. Anyone new to politics should seek out every opportunity to learn, be it through volunteering in campaigns before trying your own, speaking with folks who've run before, taking a class at your local college or even checking out the local union hall as our mystery guest suggests to see if they offer a course (or better yet, all of the above). It's tough work being a candidate. Learn all you can.

Anonymous said...

Any word that Dan Seum is looking for a promotion in 2008?

Another Opinion said...

None that I've heard. I know Dan isn't even considering retirement at this point, nor does he seem interested in Metro Council at this point. A number of folks have suggested he run for District 13 on the Metro Council, which is currently held by Vicki Welch (D). I think Dan is content where he is.

Another Opinion said...

I just read in today's (June 11th) C/J column by Joe Garth that Dan Seum is considering a run for US 3rd District Representative. That was the seat that Anne Northup lost to current Congressman, John Yarmuth. Could be real or just testing the water. I think it's the latter. I can't see Dan giving up such a powerful position in the State Senate to be a "junior" Congressman.