Larry Webster: Kevlar latest Frankfort fashion?

Combs might have run for Lt. Gov. in sights

Contributing columnistJanuary 19, 2014 

Rep. Leslie Combs, D-Pikeville, represents the 94th District (Pike, Harlan, Letcher counties) in the Kentucky House.

Rep. Leslie Combs, a rootin' tootin' daughter of a gun, was practicing what she called gun safety, which apparently involves cleaning an automatic with a round in the chamber and Rep. Jeff Greer in the room.

One might think that if a gun goes off during gun safety, the legislature needs to abandon the budget and the minimum wage and legislate new gun safety rules.

Most Southern politicians with ambition don those silly looking orange vests, borrow somebody's Browning 20 gauge and arrange for snuff films to be shot of them blasting a partridge out of a pear tree or something like that.

Combs, a fish wanting to try larger waters, wears an orange vest to the House floor.

Those vests bother me even more than those mandatory floppy fish hat-with-lures which actors claiming to be fishermen wear on television in medicine commercials. I have never seen a real fisherman with one of those hats on.

But shooting up the state Capitol establishes your Second Amendment bona fides.

Combs does have a conceal carry license, but explains that she got it back when Sen. David Williams was in town.

She stressed that she has several guns, all presumably concealed on her person, which accounts for that noticeable clank when she walks. Having several firearms still leaves her well under the per capita average in the uplands, where the average pacifist Quaker has enough guns to equip one of the Syrian rebel factions.

But let's face it, a woman Democrat in coal country must be man enough to pack heat. If Gov. William Goebel had been similarly armed, he could have shot back at the Republicans.

It is wagon-hitching time for Combs. She, in most respects, is a woman, and in most respects is from Eastern Kentucky. She must hitch carefully, though. Some of the people being mentioned as candidates for governor are close to becoming perennial candidates, like Thurman Jerome Hamlin.

She might actually be better off with somebody sure to lose than having to spend eight years in the coveted position of lieutenant governor.

At least our version of Annie Oakley did not start a traffic jam on the world's busiest bridge.

Larry Webster is a Pikeville attorney. Reach him at websterlawerencer@bellsouth.net.

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