Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

November 13, 2012

Ky. GOP leadership positions up for grabs

By RONNIE ELLIS
CNHI

FRANKFORT — Power, they say, abhors a vacuum. There’s presently a big vacuum in the leadership of the Republican-led Kentucky state Senate and a growing number of Republican senators want to help fill that vacuum.

With the resignation and departure of Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, other senators are scrambling not just to fill that position but others.

Majority Leader Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, has declared his intention to become Williams’ successor and he’s been joined by Bob Leeper, I-Paducah. Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, and Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, have announced they want to succeed Stivers as Majority Leader.

Now others are announcing plans to challenge current Republican leaders.

Sen. Joe Bowen, R-Owensboro, said he will challenge Majority Caucus Chair Dan Seum, R-Louisville.

One reason Bowen is seeking a leadership role, he said Tuesday, is the absence of leaders from western Kentucky.

For the full story, see the print or E-edition of Wednesday's Glasgow Daily Times.