Speculation abounds about next years' Kentucky Republican governor's Republican primary.
The following article appeared in the July 18 Lexington Herald-Leader:
"Web site promoting Rogers joins gubernatorial fray
"FRANKFORT, Ky. - A Web page promoting U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers for governor has popped up on the Internet, the second such page promoting a Republican alternative to Gov. Ernie Fletcher to go up in recent weeks.
"The anonymously created site, http://www.halforgovernor.com, touts the Republican from Somerset as an alternative to Fletcher in 2007, saying the incumbent cannot win re-election. Rogers has the "credentials, the integrity and the vision to bring bold change and cutting innovation to our commonwealth," the page boasts.
Leslie Cupp, Rogers' spokeswoman, said in a written statement that the congressman's staff was unaware of the page.
"No one associated with U.S. Rep. Rogers' office has any connection to this Web site," she said. "We saw it today for the first time and have no idea who created the site."
"A similar site, http://www.draftnapier.com, promoting state Rep. Lonnie Napier, R-Lancaster, went online last week.
"The Rogers Web site is hosted through Domains By Proxy, an Arizona-based company that registers sites without disclosing their customers' information. Company spokesman Nick Fuller said he couldn't provide any information about the Rogers site.
"The "Draft Hal Rogers for Gov." Web page criticizes Fletcher for making promises in 2003 to "clean up Frankfort" but ending up indicted on charges that he illegally manipulated the state's merit system hiring process.
"But nearly four years later, all we have is more of the same, with mismanagement and catering to special interests and political insiders," the site says in white lettering with a blue background.
Fletcher, a fellow Republican, has pledged to seek re-election next year. He is scheduled to face trial Nov. 8 on three misdemeanor charges stemming from the state hiring probe."
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com
Kenneth Stepp remains neutral concerning any Republican Primary contest for Kentucky governor between Hal Rogers and Ernie Fletcher.