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(Blog) Yarmuth filing for third term vs. no big names from GOP

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 11, 2010 at 1:52 AM

(WHAS11 Political Blog)  U.S. Representative John Yarmuth plans to file campaign paperwork Monday for a third term.

Considering that Republican Anne Northup held the seat for five terms until Yarmuth defeated her in 2006, and with Democrat President Barack Obama's approval rating dismal in Kentucky, I would think that if ever the Republican Party wants to reclaim the 3rd District seat, this might be their best opportunity in Yarmuth's Congressional career.

So far, Republicans Todd Lally (a UPS pilot and war veteran) and Larry Hausman (a real estate investor and stockbroker) have announced candidacies to seek the primary win.  But, with Lally and Hausman both relative unknowns, it remains to be seen whether they can muster the resources or support from the National Republican Congressional Committee to combat Yarmuth's deep pockets.

Beyond Yarmuth's wealth, he has proven himself to be a savvy politician and communicator of the Democrats national agenda, with numerous appearances on Fox News, MSNBC and other cable outlets.  Yarmuth also understands the power of using local free media, such as at the mock check presentation he will make at the University of Louisville Monday, hours after he files for reelection.  Finally, Yarmuth is as ubiquitous as any other local politician, showing up at all sorts of events, from ribbon cuttings to fundraisers.  He understands the game as well as anyone.  The biggest question for him may be how long does he want the job?

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