Jensen vs. Robinson: Another round on the way?
One of the most intriguing rivalries in Kentucky political circles is that between Tom Jensen and Albert Robinson. It's obvious the two Laurel County Republicans simply don't like each other very much.
They have faced off at the ballot box several times, the last time being in 2004 when Jensen unseated Robinson in the GOP primary for their state Senate district which includes Laurel, Jackson, Estill, Powell and Menifee counties.
Could Robinson be positioning himself for another run against Jensen to try to get his Senate seat back?
Robinson recently sent a press release to newspapers outside of Laurel County in the 21st Senate District announcing his election as a 33rd Degree Mason.
Since Robinson lives in London, why would this be news in McKee, Irvine, Stanton or Frenchburg? Why would he want to get his name back before the public in those communities?
Generally, the citizenry of a particular town or county doesn't care about former legislators from their district if the ex-lawmaker doesn't live there. The only conclusion we can draw from this is that we may be seeing another round in the Robinson-Jensen grudge match.
Neither man's tenure in the legislature has been without controversy. Robinson, a real estate broker and developer, has been accused of steering public highway projects to benefit himself by opening up access to land he had for sale or wanted to develop. Jensen, a lawyer, has been accused of profiteering on property in downtown London that was sold for the new Laurel County Judicial Center currently under construction.
The Jensen-Robinson battle in 2004 was heated and ugly at times. If indeed "Uncle Al" is gearing up for a rematch, this might be a doozy. Get some popcorn and watch the fun.