Kaven Rumpel, as previously announced, will make his official announcement tomorrow of his intent to run for the Metro Council District 19 seat being vacated by Hal Heiner who is now running for Louisville Metro Mayor. The press release info is below:
Kaven Rumpel will be formally announcing his candidacy for Louisville Metro Council District 19 that is being vacated because of Hal Heiner's run for Louisville Metro Mayor. Please join labor, business leaders, elected officials, civic leaders and neighbors as they support this retired LMPD detective, and small business owner, as he makes his bid to represent all in bettering the 19th District.
Kaven Rumpel for Metro Council District 19
September 30, 2009 (Wed)
Lodge at Lake Forest
511 Woodlake Drive
Louisville, KY 40245
Seems straightforward enough doesn't it? But alas the plot thickens as usual.
J.T. "Jerry" Miller who took over the GOP Chairmanship in Jefferson County replacing Brad Cummings will not be in attendance. Attendance is usually customary when candidates of the party announce but in this case it seems there is a problem.
Jerry Miller took the open GOP vacancy apparently knowing he was going to run for the District 19 Metro Council seat himself.
So what is the problem?
Simply this. Why would he take that seat when he knowingly was going to run for office himself in just a couple of months?
There is no logical answer in my opinion.
The GOP Chair essentially has two jobs. One to recruit candidates to run for office and the second to promote those candidates. To knowingly take that position when you plan on announcing in January your intent to run AGAINST a candidate you should be promoting clearly creates a major conflict.
Like him, love him, or hate him Brad Cummings was doing a good job of unifying the party while he was the Chair and now it would appear that the fragile unification in place is now going to be left to the wayside in favor of a divided party and divided loyalties once again.
Do we not wonder why the Democrats have such a stranglehold over us? There is essentially no opposing party to hold them accountable with this kind of leadership.
In the case of Mr. Miller with the seemingly obvious intentions to divide the party what exactly is gained by taking this route?
I have no idea. One rumor flying around is that Louisville Metro Mayor Hal Heiner is supporting Jerry Miller as his "handpicked" successor for the seat.
I spoke with Hal at length about these charges and he assures me that he is focused 100% on the Mayor's race and the issues involved in that race opting to stay out of the primary for that District. Which is as it should be and thanks to Hal for being upfront about this.
Which leads me to this.
We the voter have an obligation to see where our candidates stand on issues and if they are worthy and deserving of our vote. Period. To assume one is a "handpicked" successor is to assume we do not have any power to stop it.
The power of the vote is ours alone. Anyone who feels they are entitled to any job as a handpicked successor should be the first ones we do not elect.
If Jerry Miller is planning on fulfilling his own words of quitting the Chair in January to run as a candidate himself then he must resign the Chairmanship now. It is an issue of integrity. He cannot fulfill his obligations as Chairman of the Jefferson County GOP honestly and ethically if his intentions are to run against someone for office himself in the immediate future.
The apparent conflicts are transparent.
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