Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Stumbo to face GOP surprise Wood

Attorney General

By Bruce Schreiner
The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE - House Majority Leader Greg Stumbo, long a legislative powerbroker, Tuesday won the Democratic nomination for attorney general.

Stumbo, of Prestonsburg, overcame questions about his personal life to defeat state Auditor Ed Hatchett and Chris Gorman, a former attorney general who tried to regain the office. Stumbo got 37 percent of the vote to 34 percent for Hatchett and 30 percent for Gorman.

In November, Stumbo will face off against Jack D. Wood, surprise winner in the Republican primary. Wood ran a limited campaign but defeated state Rep. Tim Feeley of Crestwood and Louisville attorney Philip Kimball.

Wood got 39 percent of the vote to 31 percent each for Kimball and Feeley.

Wood, who was an assistant Jefferson County attorney and once was a district judge in Monroe County, raised $774 for a limited campaign. He did not take part with Feeley and Kimball in a forum on Kentucky Educational Television.

Feeley, a Crestwood lawyer in his third term as a state representative, said he never crossed paths with Wood during the campaign.

The eventual winner in the November election will succeed two-term incumbent Ben Chandler, who won the Democratic nomination for governor Tuesday.

Stumbo's personal life provided fodder for his opponents. Stumbo said his message of "vision and leadership" prevailed.

"We're just thrilled and really elated that the voters of Kentucky accepted that message," Stumbo said.

Gorman accused Stumbo of trying to "weasel out" of paying child support in a paternity case. A lawsuit by the mother in Fayette County accuses Stumbo of delaying the case. Stumbo says he began paying regular child support for the 14-year-old boy last year after a DNA test confirmed he was the father.

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