Endorsement Gives Candidate Primary Hope
An outside Republican group is backing the long shot candidate in tomorrow’s Sixth Congressional District Republican Primary. Patrick Kelly is running against Andy Barr. Barr won the 2010 GOP primary, and is expected to win this year as well. But today, Kelly picked up a last-minute endorsement from the Republican Liberty Caucus, a Texas group that has endorsed in other Kentucky races this year.
The nod is unlikely to tip the race in Kelly’s favor, and caucus chairman Dave Nalle says the endorsement is largely symbolic.
“But I think Kelly has good issue positions, and that maybe him appealing as someone to put up there just to make a point, if nothing else. I would love it if he won this race, I can’t think he’s necessarily going to win this race but I think in the future he’s going to be a guy you see again,” Nalle says.
Nalle says his group will support Barr in the fall if he wins tomorrow.
“And Andy Barr, although we don’t think he’s a great candidate on principle, he is certainly a reasonable Republican candidate and better than any Democratic candidate who runs against him,” he says.
The winner of tomorrow’s GOP primary will face Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler in the fall.