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GOP chair emits one-sided whine

State Republican Party Chairman Steve Robertson says Attorney General Jack Conway, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, should reimburse the Kentucky treasury for his salary when he is out of state raising campaign funds.

More precisely, Robertson said Conway should give back "his taxpayer-funded salary while he is raking in campaign cash from left-wing donors from coast to coast."

Interesting idea, but we wonder if Robertson has explored its full potential.

For instance, shouldn't U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reimburse the federal treasury for all the time he's spent away from Washington, D.C., raking in campaign cash from right-wing fat cats from coast to coast during his nearly 26-year career?

Let's not forget Republican U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield, Brett Guthrie, Geoff Davis and Hal Rogers.

They have some paying back to do, too, when it comes to spending time on the road raising campaign funds.

Then, there's outgoing U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning.

His paybacks shouldn't be limited to campaign fund-raising trips. The Hall of Fame baseball pitcher needs to repay U.S. taxpayers for all the time he has spent signing his name — for a price, of course — at sports memorabilia events around the country.

Finally, we're sure Robertson will insist on Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer foregoing his pay for any days he spends away from Frankfort raking in campaign cash for the Williams-Farmer gubernatorial slate after it launches its fund-raising efforts in November.

Since Senate President David Williams only receives a salary on days when he's on official legislative duty, his travels may not present much of a problem.

But Farmer is another matter. He's a full-time constitutional officer.

And as Robertson asked in regard to Conway, can Kentuckians really afford being without an agriculture commissioner?

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