Covering Kentucky

Nov 12, 2012 10:33 AM

Yarmuth Seen As Key Player In Recommending Judges

LOUISVILLE (AP) - As the only Democrat who will be left in Kentucky's congressional delegation, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth is expected to play a big role in recommending nominations for two federal judgeships in Kentucky.

Louisville attorney Scott Cox tells The Courier-Journal it's rare to have only one person from the president's political party in the delegation. Cox, a former federal prosecutor, says it will be interesting to see how Yarmuth handles that role.

The president normally consults with the senior senator of his party before making a nomination, but both of Kentucky's U.S. senators are Republicans. Kentucky's other Democratic congressman, Ben Chandler, lost his re-election bid last week to Republican Andy Barr.

Sen. Mitch McConnell's press secretary, Robert Steurer, says the senator will "take an active role" in reviewing any nominations.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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