The "Big Easy" was more than just a venue for the Legislative Conference this week, apparently New Orleans was serving as the host city for the beginnings of a showdown for Kentucky's next House Speaker. Sources tell me that operatives for Rep. Greg Stumbo were working hard to turn votes for Stumbo.
It will be interesting to see if Stumbo can slate enough votes to unseat Jody Richards who will be seeking another term. The Speaker will have to mend many fences after the last session. Communication concerns and some of the LIBERALS running loose in the Speaker's inner circle have led to much discontent with rural legislators. There are also a number of legislators who feel that House Leadership did not do enough to help the Governor on issues like expanded gambling.
I will be bringing more on this race once I have had the opportunity to speak with more legislators from around the State.