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Ellis: Obama is albatross for Kentucky Democrats

Ellis: Obama is albatross for Kentucky Democrats

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US President Barack Obama holding a jersey given to him by the University of Kentucky men?s basketball team poses for photos with the team during an event celebrating their 2012 NCAA championship in the East Room of the White House in Washington on May 4, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

(WHAS11 Political Blog) -- Despite a rallying cry from Governor Steve Beshear, Kentucky Democrats are worried about President Barack Obama weighing down other Democrats on the fall ballot, writes CNHI's Ronnie Ellis.  And some Kentucky Democrats are rooting against Mr. Obama.

I overheard two Democratic legislators, both supporters of the coal industry, say Romney will win this fall. Neither left any doubt they hope he does. Another prominent Democratic legislator told me he’d never voted Republican in his life and didn’t intend to begin this fall, but he won’t vote for Obama.

Ellis says House Democrats are worried that Kentucky's disdain for the president could cost them the majority in the Kentucky House.

Beshear and the Kentucky Democratic Party are counting on an antidote for Republicans who will link Democratic opponents to Barack Obama, Senate President David Williams.

He must have not been watching the Republican primary race in the 9th Senate District this year. Challenger Don Butler ran radio ads claiming incumbent Sen. David Givens was nothing more than “a yes man” for Williams. Givens got more than 70 percent of the vote.

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