Saturday, February 23, 2002

Dems call foul on move by GOP

The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — Democrats claim Senate Republicans are pushing an amendment aimed at eliminating former Kentucky basketball player Derrick Hord as a Democratic candidate.

        Republicans are “trying to accomplish through legislation what they fear they might not be able to accomplish at the polls,” Democratic Sen. Ernesto Scorsone said. A key Republican committee chairman called it “an absurd accusation.”

        Under the amendment, no one who held a state contract or worked for an institution that gets state funding could be in the General Assembly. Neither could a family member.

        It would exempt legislative incumbents, several of whom work for school districts or universities, as does Mr. Hord's wife. Also exempted would be Republican Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr, whom Mr. Hord wants to unseat and whose husband is a Labor Cabinet administrative law judge.

        Mr. Hord, whose wife is a University of Kentucky employee, said the amendment was a low tactic. “When they try to get me by going after my wife, that really scrapes the bottom of the barrel,” Mr. Hord said.


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