David Williams Says He's Open To Judgeship

Oct 4, 2012

FRANKFORT, Ky.  --  Kentucky Senate President David Williams would consider a judicial appointment if an offer is made, his spokesman said Thursday.

Lourdes Baez-Schrader sent out a brief statement that said no decisions have been made, however.

It was the first indication that Williams was open to becoming a judge, which would require him to resign from the state Senate.

The Burkesville Republican has wielded considerable influence as leader of the GOP-led Senate since 2000. He was trounced by Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear in last year's gubernatorial election, and the two are frequently at odds.

Beshear has a record of appointing his Republican foes to higher-paying jobs to get them out of the Senate. He has said he believes Williams is qualified for the job of circuit judge.

A circuit court judgeship is open in Williams' district. Beshear appointed members to a judicial nominating commission on Thursday, including two from Williams' hometown. That panel will recommend three candidates for Beshear to consider as replacements for the previous judge, Circuit Judge Eddie Lovelace, who died in September with two years remaining in his term.

Chief Justice John D. Minton will chair the nominating commission. The other member are Catherine Capps of Burkesville, Helena Pitcock of Tompkinsville, Steve Morgan of Albany, Gary Lee of Burkesville, and Jarrett Stephens of Tompkinsville.

One additional member will be chosen by the Kentucky Bar Association.