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Gov. Beshear has selected Williams for vacant judgeship appointment

by WHAS11


Posted on October 25, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 25 at 10:31 PM

WHAS11 has learned that Governor Steve Beshear has selected Senate President David Williams for an appointment to a vacant judgeship.

An official announcement is expected as early as Friday.

A spokeswoman for the governor's office, Kerri Richardson, said no appointment has been made and will not be made on Thursday.

WHAS11's Joe Arnold has more about this story, click on the video player above.


Earlier AP story: FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Senate President David Williams is among nominees a panel recommended to Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday for an open judgeship in southern Kentucky.

Williams, a Republican, has said he's interested in the position. The appointment ultimately would be made by the Democratic governor who has said he'd consider Williams for the job.

“I am appreciative of the nomination and if the Governor appoints me, I will accept the position," Williams said in a statement Thursday. 

Beshear has a record of appointing his Republican foes to higher-paying government positions to get them out of the GOP-led Senate. He told reporters earlier this month that he believes Williams, a lawyer, is qualified to be a circuit judge.
Previously, Beshear made one GOP leader a judge and appointed another to the Public Service Commission.
The Judicial Nominating Commission also offered Beshear two other options, southern Kentucky lawyers Angela Capps and Stephen Douglas Hurt.