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Reaction and speculation on Edelen's exit

Reaction and speculation on Edelen's exit

by Joe Arnold


Posted on August 12, 2010 at 7:44 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 12 at 7:49 AM

What's next for Adam Edelen as he resigns as Governor Steve Beshear's Chief of Staff?

Jacob Payne at Page One Kentucky says:

 Now the speculation on Edelen running for State Auditor switches into high gear. I expect him to run for that seat, as he said he would do in 2006, and his move to the private sector can facilitate that.

Insight Cable's Ryan Alessi reports on Edelen's electoral prospects:

 In fact, after a fund-raiser in Gilbertsville on Friday for the Democratic state Senate caucus, former governor and current Senator Julian Carroll pointed to Edelen and told the crowd he will be a big name.

“You need to know who Adam Edelen is because you never know when you might get a chance to vote for him,” Carroll said.

Here is the official announcement from the governor's office, followed by reaction from Senate Minority Floor Leader Ed Worley and the JCTA:

Chief of Staff Adam Edelen to Leave Post; Mike Haydon to succeed Edelen

FRANKFORT, Ky. (August 11, 2010) – Governor Steve Beshear today announced that Chief of Staff Adam Edelen would resign from his position and return to the private sector.  Edelen has served as Chief of Staff since July 2008.

“As my Chief of Staff, Adam continually demonstrated strong leadership skills and a passion for Kentucky,” Gov. Beshear said. “I can’t say enough about the role this young man played in making my administration both more efficient and effective.  His service has made a positive difference in the lives of those my administration seeks to serve—the people of Kentucky.  Jane and I are excited about his future and wish him well in his endeavors.  He remains both a friend and an adviser and will certainly be missed.”

While serving the Beshear Administration, Edelen was named, in 2008, both the “Outstanding Young Kentuckian” by the Kentucky Jr. Chamber of Commerce and one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” by the United States Jr. Chamber of Commerce, an award whose previous recipients include presidents Kennedy, Nixon, Ford and Clinton.   

Gov. Beshear also announced that Mike Haydon, currently the Governor’s chief legislative liaison, will become the new chief of staff. 

Haydon has spent more than 30 years in public service at both the state and local level, including positions as chief of staff for House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, deputy secretary of the Governor's Executive Cabinet under former Gov. Paul Patton, secretary of the Revenue Cabinet and commissioner of the Department of Property Valuation.  He also served as Mayor of Springfield Ky.  He is a native of Springfield where he lives with his wife Lisa. They have three grown children.

“Mike knows every corner of this state, and he has dedicated his life to public service,” said Gov. Beshear. “He brings a breadth of knowledge and depth of understanding about this state’s challenges that few can match, and I am confident in his ability to serve my office and the people of Kentucky in this critical position.”

Edelen’s resignation is effective Sept. 15, 2010. Haydon’s appointment is effective Sept. 16, 2010

Statement from Senate Minority Floor Leader Ed Worley, D-Richmond on Adam Edelen leaving the Governor’s Office

“Adam’s experience and professionalism as Governor Beshear’s Chief of Staff will be greatly missed when he leaves that post in September. He has been a real asset to Beshear’s administration because of his ability and experience in bringing the private sector and state government to the table.  As chief of staff, Adam has also been able to work across party lines for the betterment of all Kentuckians. I am sure he will maintain the same level of professionalism and dedication as he embarks on this new opportunity. I wish him well and know we will continue to see great things from him in the future.”

Jefferson County Teachers Association

The Jefferson County Teachers Association thanks Adam Edelen, Governor Beshear’s Chief of Staff, well as he leaves his post and returns to the private sector. Mr Edelen worked tirelessly on all issues and was supportive of children and public education throughout the state. “Mr. Edelen is the most engaged Chief of Staff with which I have had the opportunity to work,” says JCTA President Brent McKim. JCTA wishes Mr. Edelen well in future endeavors and thanks him for his service to the Commonwealth.