In other Kentucky political news, WHAS ran a story the other day on what happened in Frankfort.
Democratic State Representatives Kathy Stein of Lexington and Mary Lou Marzian of Louisville say there's a chance they could be registered Independents by the 2006 elections. Marzian and Stein are two of the more liberal state Reps. Both cite the reelection of Democratic House leaders, Democrats pushing the ban on gay marriage and the selection of Jerry Lundergan as state party chairman as proof the Democratic party is leaving its roots, becoming too conservative:Bob Leeper is still getting praises for becoming an independent.
"We will continue to try to out-Republican the Republicans? I don’t think it can be done," said Stein.
"We’ve lost 14 seats over 10 years because people have tried to be more Republican as Democrats," said Marzian.
But leaving a major party means leaving a fundraising base and, potentially, losing political power that could help constituents:
"That’s my one concern right now for my district is to see that I can do that," Leeper said. "And that’s gonna determine how much longer I come to Frankfort."
I've added Reps. Stein and Marzian to the list below in an earlier posting. That list will grow and grow as I hear more names that are opposed to Jerry Lundergan being named chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party. So far, there have been 14 Google searches for Jerry Lundergan that have lead to the Kentucky Democrat.