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Paul Upset With Davis, Bunning Endorsement in Fourth Congressional District

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., is contemplating an endorsement in Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District primary race after two high-profiled Republicans made their recommendations public.

According to the Associated Press, Paul is itching to give a nod to Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie, who is considered the Tea Party favorite. Paul is reportedly upset that incumbent U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Ky., and former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning have endorsed state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington for the seat.

From AP:

“Sen. Paul had decided to stay neutral in the primary in order to keep the playing field level for all the candidates,” Stafford said. “But with others seeking to influence the race, Sen. Paul is now reconsidering his decision, and he’ll be closely watching the race and how other people participate in it.”

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Internal Poll Shows Massie Leading Packed Primary

Republican congressional candidate Thomas Massie released an internal poll showing him leading the crowded primary race for Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional seat.

The poll of approximately 800 likely voters conducted by Wenzel Strategies shows Massie up by 10 points over state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington, who comes in second. Massie gobbles up 32 percent, Webb-Edgington has 22 percent and Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore finishes third with 17 percent. The other four GOP candidates come in with single-digit numbers among them approximately 800 likely GOP voters.

From Wenzel Strategies:

The survey shows Massie leads in all regions of the district except Louisville, where he and Webb-Edgington are tied at 19% support. Massie also leads among men and women. He also leads among self-identified TEA Party conservatives, which comprised 55% of the survey sample. Among TEA Party conservatives, Massie wins 42%, compared to 18% for Webb-Edgington and 12% for Moore.

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Davis, Bunning Endorse Webb-Edgington for Congress

Congressman Geoff Davis and former U.S. Senator Jim Bunning announced they are backing Republican congressional candidate Alecia Webb-Edgington in the crowded primary race for Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District seat.

The two endorsements are a needed boost for Webb-Edgington’s campaign, which trails third in fundraising behind Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore and Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie.

Bunning held the congressional seat for 12 years before being elected to the Senate, and Davis currently holds the office, but announced his retirement late last year.

“Jim Bunning and Geoff Davis have set the gold standard for principled conservative leadership in Congress and effective constituent services,” says Webb-Edgington. “I am truly honored to have their support and will seek to follow their example if I’m elected.”

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Webb-Edgington Unveils First Ad

State Representative Alecia Webb-Edgington, R-Fort Wright, has launched her first television ad in the GOP primary race for Kentucky’s 4th congressional district seat.

The 30-second commercial plays up Webb-Edgington’s experience in law enforcement as a state trooper and calls out Republicans and Democrats for not being tough on cutting government spending. The two-term state lawmaker talks about arresting drug traffickers and child predators while working undercover.

“As a Kentucky state trooper I went undercover to bust drug dealers and child predators, and I hauled in some pretty dangerous characters on the highway too. After fighting real criminals these guys in Washington don’t scare me one bit,” she says.

Check it out:

Webb-Edgington is one of seven Republicans vying to replace outgoing Congressman Geoff Davis, who is retiring. The ad noticeably neglects to mention Webb-Edgington’s experience as a state lawmaker, which has been a source of criticism as of late.

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Kentucky Federal Delegation Supports Disaster Declaration

Following Kentucky’s two U.S. Senators, the six members of the state’s House delegation sent a letter to President Barack Obama supporting Gov. Steve Beshear’s request for a federal disaster declaration.

An outbreak of storms and tornadoes last week caused damage to several Kentucky towns and Beshear has asked the president to provide the state with federal relief. Thus far, 21 residents have died and 48 counties have suffered extensive damage to public and private property.

Congressmen Ed Whitfield, Brett Guthrie, John Yarmuth, Geoff Davis, Harold Rogers and Ben Chandler said the severe weather caused damage that the state cannot pay for alone.

“As the Governor conveyed in his letter, the severity and scope of the damage caused by these storms is beyond the capabilities of the Commonwealth and the local governments that have been affected,” the delegation writes. “Immediate consideration of the Governor’s disaster declaration request on your part would aid Kentucky communities so severely affected by this most recent disaster.”

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Three Republicans Enter Race for Fourth Congressional District

Four Republicans will compete against each other in the Fourth Congressional District primary this spring.

Republicans Alecia Webb-Edgington, Thomas Massie and Brian Oerther filed their paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office today.

Republican Gary Moore filed his paperwork earlier this month.

Massie is the Lewis County Judge-Executive and close friends with U.S. Senator Rand Paul. While many observers expect a close primary battle, Massie doesn’t.

“I don’t know if it’ll be a fight,” Massie said. “I think that I’ll appeal to those that want somebody from the private sector. Those that recognize job creation comes from the private sector. In fact, that’s my background.”

Webb-Edgington is a state representative and former police officer. Moore is the Boone County Judge-Executive and Oerther is an Oldham County lawyer.  The filing deadline is Tuesday.

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Democrats Confident About Chances to Win Davis’s Seat

Kentucky Democrats are confident they can win retiring Republican Congressman Geoff Davis’s seat and plan to field a candidate to run next year.

The last Democrat to hold Kentucky 4th congressional district was Ken Lucas, who stepped down due to a self-imposed term limit in 2004. There more registered Democrats than Republicans in the district, but voters have traditionally elected Republicans.

Campbell County Democratic Party Chairman Paul Whalen says because it’s an open seat the party has a chance, which will help Democrats in their efforts win back control the House in 2012.

“It’s as important as any other congressional seat. Obviously, it will make a difference if the Democrats retake Congress, also it will strengthen our situation here statewide in Kentucky and perhaps it would even help elect some more Democrats to the legislature,” he says.

Republican state State Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington announced Monday she is running in the GOP primary. According to CN/2 Pure Politics, Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore is also throwing his name into the Republican field.

Candidates being rumored are former party vice chairman Nathan Smith of Fort Mitchell, longtime Campbell County Commissioner Ken Rechtin and Kentucky Women’s Network President Linda Klembara of Fort Thomas.

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State Lawmaker Announces Bid for Davis’s Seat

State Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington, R-Fort Wright, is running for the seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Ky., the northern Kentucky lawmaker announced Monday.

She will file her paperwork with the Federal Election Commission and the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance later today. She is the first candidate to file for Davis’s seat.

Webb-Edgington says she is seeking to “follow the example” of Davis and former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning.

“We need more leaders who are problem solvers willing to work towards consensus on very difficult decisions. It is essential for our future that we act now to get our fiscal house in order, turn back the tide of ever-increasing debt and deficits and avoid the crippling economic effects that will result from unrestrained government spending,” she says.

Sever other GOP candidates are expected to seek the seat and announce in the coming weeks.

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Congressman Davis Will Not Seek Re-Election Next Year

In a message to supporters on Thursday, U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Ky., announced he will forgo re-election in 2012 because he wants to devote more time to his family.

The retirement will leave Kentucky’s 4th congressional district vacant for next year’s election.

From Davis:

I have been blessed with an exceptionally competent staff who have helped thousands of Kentuckians over the years.

Moreover, together we have passed critical pieces of legislation and enacted laws to reform our government, strengthen our national security, protect our veterans and service members, create economic revival and energy independence, and improve transparency and accountability of the government.

For most of the year, the conservative Republican has championed the REINS Act, a bill he sponsored to cut red tape that recently passed the House

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Davis’s REINS Act Passes House

A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Ky., that would give Congress more power over regulations made by the executive branch easily passed the Republican-controlled House on Wednesday.

The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act was introduced by the northern Kentucky congressman earlier this year to “eliminate excessive red tape,” and jump start the economy.

It was approved by the House in a 241-to-184 vote, with four Democrats joining the GOP majority.

Davis says the bill is about bringing more transparency to the federal government and making sure regulations are not hurting economic growth.

“The point of the REINS Act is accountability. Each member of Congress must take a stand and be accountable for regulations that will have the greatest impact on our economy. Regulatory compliance costs small businesses an estimated $10,500 per employee annually. At a time of high unemployment, we must do something about this massive burden,” he says.