National Republican legislative committee aims to help flip control of Kentucky House

syoungman@herald-leader.comMay 22, 2014 

A national campaign committee will help Kentucky Republicans this year in their effort to take control of the state House for the first time in almost a century.

The Republican Legislative Campaign Committee has spent more than $1 million on legislative races in Kentucky since 2008, and according to a memo provided to the Herald-Leader, the committee plans to play big in the Bluegrass State again this year.

"We believe we've got a great shot in Kentucky," said Justin Richards, political director for the RLCC. "We've already invested $1 million in legislative races since 2008 and expect the dwindling Democrat majority and our better candidates to put us in a position to invest a record amount of resources to ensure Republicans capture control."

The RLCC spent more than $400,000 in Kentucky during the 2010 election cycle and more than $355,000 in 2012. The group spent more than $200,000 in Kentucky last year and expects to top its previous spending record this year.

"In the Bluegrass State, Republicans have the momentum, plan and money to win the majority," according to the memo.

Democrats now hold a 54-46 majority in the House, where they have maintained control since 1921. The RLCC said it has identified nine seats that Republicans can win in November.

Daniel Logsdon, chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party, said Thursday that he's confident that Democratic House candidates will have plenty of money to compete this fall and that voters will reject the "radical, obstructionist, Washington D.C.-style politics that House Republicans want to bring to Frankfort."

"Kentuckians do not want to see a war on education, on working families, on voting rights, and on women that has happened in other states where Republicans control the state legislature," Logsdon said. "Kentuckians want their legislators from both parties to come together to work with Gov. Beshear to move the state forward."

Sam Youngman: (502) 875-3793. Twitter: @samyoungman. Blog: Bluegrasspolitics.bloginky.com.

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