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Carroll cites budget impasse as reason to vote Democratic

May 18, 2010 | | Comments 0

State Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort

FRANKFORT — State Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, is using the state budget impasse between the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-led Senate as a campaign issue to support a fellow Democrat.

In a recent mailer to Shelby County residents, Carroll, a former governor, endorses John Spainhour of Shepherdsville for the state Senate and says the deadlock between the House and Senate will continue until Democrats take over the Senate.

“As you know by now, the stalemate in Frankfort has precluded passage of our state budget, which was the main reason for the legislature being there,” Carroll writes in the campaign mailer.

“This is not going to change until we make a change in the leadership of the state Senate, and the election of the highly qualified John Spainhour is essential to that goal.”

The legislature is to meet in special session next week to try to produce a two-year state budget after it failed to do in the 2010 General Assembly.

Spainhour faces David Eaton of Shelbyville in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election for the 20th state Senate District, which includes Shelby, Bullitt and Spencer counties. Candidates in the Republican primary for the district are Paul Hornback of Shelbvyville and David J. Glauber of Louisville.

The seat is open because Republican incumbent Gary Tapp of Shebyville decided not to seek re-election.

–Jack Brammer

Filed Under: Democratic PartyElectionsKY General AssemblyState BudgetState Government

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