Heiner forms group to support GOP House candidates

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Associated Press

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 9:06 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Former Louisville councilman Hal Heiner has formed a group to raise money in support of Republicans running for the Kentucky House this year.

The move raises Heiner's statewide profile as he weighs a possible run for governor in 2015.

Heiner said Wednesday that Kentucky has fallen behind while the House has been under single-party rule by Democrats for generations. He said states with GOP-run legislatures have stronger growth.

His new group is called New Direction Kentucky.

Republicans are making a strong push to take control of the House. The GOP is already in firm control of the state Senate.

Democrats hold a 54-46 advantage in the House. House Speaker Greg Stumbo predicts Democrats will pick up as many as seven seats when all 100 House seats are up for election in November.

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