Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Is Kentucky ready for Damon Thayer?

Talking head speculation about ObamaCare cheerleader Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear being appointed to replace Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services brings up the possibility of an unprecedented shake up in Frankfort.

If Beshear goes to Washington D.C., per Section 84 of the Kentucky Constitution, Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson would finish up his term and then go away. He has said he will not run for Governor in 2015.

And under Section 85, Senate President Robert Stivers would ascend to the office of Lieutenant Governor for the remainder of Abramson's term, likely ending his political career.

The leadership vacuum this creates in the executive branch is far less interesting than what would happen then in the Kentucky state Senate. If Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer was then elected by his fellow Senators to the office of Senate President, he would have the opportunity to transform the state refusing to enact a budget that doesn't fix some of Kentucky's biggest problems like real pension reform, wildly excessive accumulation of debt and by putting to rest any potential lingering doubts about illegal attempts to fund ObamaCare.