Friday, March 26, 2004

Murphy: Davis' appeal flawed

Ky. Political notes

Pat Crowley

FORT MITCHELL - Republican Congressional candidate Kevin Murphy said two polls showing fellow Republican Geoff Davis trailing Democrat Nick Clooney by double digits underscores "serious flaws" in Davis' appeal.

"Mr. Davis ran in 2002 and spent close to $800,000," Murphy said in a statement. "He has been running for this seat continuously for the past three years. That he still trails Mr. Clooney, who has never before sought political office and has yet to run a single ad ... is strong evidence that Mr. Davis cannot win a race against Mr. Clooney."

A poll released this week by Clooney's campaign shows him leading Davis by 15 points in Northern Kentucky's Fourth Congressional District race. And a poll done by the Davis campaign shows Clooney with a 16-point lead.

Davis' campaign said they would eventually catch and beat Clooney.

But Murphy said "both polls shows he is not even pulling the base Republican vote in this district."

Murphy, Davis and Boone County Chiropractor John Kelly King are running in the May 18 GOP primary. Clooney is unopposed.

They are vying for the seat U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas, ais leaving at the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Murphy has erected what may be the largest political signs ever in Northern Kentucky history.

Two "Murphy for Congress" signs have been hung up near the top of the Columbia Sussex office building on Grandview Drive in Fort Mitchell, where Murphy has his law office. The signs are in full view of nearby Interstate 75.

STRICKER'S GOOD FRIEND: Former University of Kentucky basketball coach Joe B. Hall is scheduled to attend the campaign kick-off for Covington City Commission candidate Jerry Stricker.

The event is set for Monday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Stricker's condominium at 1 Riverside Place.

Hall, who led the Wildcats to the 1978 NCAA championship, and Stricker are long-time friends.

To submit an item for consideration in Political Notes contact Patrick Crowley by e-mail,; fax, (859) 578-5565; or mail in care of The Kentucky Enquirer, 226 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, Ky., 41017.

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