- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Donald Trump’s victory Tuesday night seems to have had an astonishing coattails effect for Bluegrass State Republicans, as the GOP gained control of the lower house of the Kentucky General Assembly, a prize that’s eluded them since 1921.

“Going into Election Day, the Kentucky House was the only law-making chamber in the South still controlled by Democrats, who held a 53-47 majority,” the Lexington Herald-Leader said Tuesday. “Longtime House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, was among 17 Democratic incumbents swamped in the Republican wave.”

Mr. Stumbo’s departure was particularly sweet for freshman Gov. Matt Bevin, who himself stunned political pundits across the country with his surprising victory in November 2015.

“He has been a thorn in the side in any number of good people for political reasons,” Mr. Bevin said, reported the Herald-Leader. “I’m not going to miss him one bit and I don’t think the people of his district are going to based on the incredible drubbing he received.”

In August Mr. Stumbo called for federal and state investigations into Mr. Bevin’s termination of a road project, and suggested possibly pursuing impeachment charges against the governor.

 

 


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