Thieneman will be on Election Day ballot; residency controversy still tarnishes his eligibility


by WHAS11

Posted on November 5, 2012 at 6:55 PM

LOUISVILLE, KY. (WHAS11) -- Now to a state senate race in Kentucky that may have voters confused Monday afternoon.

A judge has ruled Chris Thieneman's name will appear on the ballot on Election Day. But his eligibility is still very much in question, after questions about his residency.

In his last minute pitch to voters, incumbent Democrat Perry Clark made sure they knew of his Republican challenger's residency controversy.

Chris Thieneman, meanwhile, says while people who live in the South End know he's one of them, concedes that a lawsuit challenging whether he has lived in the 37th Senate District for the one year minimum has not helped his cause.

“I don't think it's going to cost us the race. Is it going to make it tighter? Absolutely,” Chris Thieneman(R), senate candidate, said.

After Judge Charles Cunningham said Friday that he needed more information such as utility bills of different Thieneman properties to determine the Republican's true home, Thieneman produced a box full of documents in a show of transparency.

 “We're in a situation where Perry Clark lives in the district, no question.  Perry Clark has been a good Senator. I think there is no question of that,” Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson, said. “And his opponent, no one seems to be willing to say where he lives.”

Thieneman was thrilled to hear that the former five-term mayor of Louisville was campaigning for Clark.

“We’ve gotten nothing but dumped on in the South End by that mayor,” Thieneman said. “And I hope he walks to every door.”

And Thieneman is reminding voters that Clark has a controversy of his own -- while touting a medical marijuana bill in July, Clark admitted to WHAS11 that he smokes pot.

“I don’t think you should do illegal drugs while you’re working for us. He can’t even sell a fish sandwich at Mike Linnigs, they have a drug policy,” Thieneman said.