Carroll expected to challenge for Senate minority leader seat
FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) - A newspaper reports that Democratic former Kentucky Governor Julian Carroll, now a state senator from Frankfort, wants the legislative post that will challenge Senate Majority Leader David Williams.
The Louisville Courier-Journal quotes Senate Democrats as saying Carroll is running a hotly contested battle to replace retiring Senator Ed Worley, a Richmond Democrat, as Senate minority leader. The newspaper says the 79-year-old Carroll, while the oldest member of the Senate, is a tough-talker.
Republican David Williams is running for governor next year, and is expected to continue close ties with his party in the legislative branch. Carroll is known for given frequent fiery floor speeches and is often one of a few Democrats to vote against Republican measures. Republicans, in turn, almost never allow any of Carroll's bills to pass.