More on Jack Richardson IV: He can't even follow his own rules
The saga surrounding Jefferson County Republican Chairman Jack Richardson IV keeps getting more interesting -- and more maddening.
Two weeks ago, WHAS radio host Francene Cucinello rightfully raked Richardson over the coals for his statements that party leaders, not party voters, should choose candidates for primary elections in an effort to put the best possible people forward.
Their dust-up was part of the fallout from the withdrawal of Chris Thieneman from the 3rd District congressional GOP primary field. Thieneman has alleged that he got heavy pressure from operatives of Anne Northup and Mitch McConnell to drop his bid.
Thieneman originally said he was going to endorse incumbent Democrat John Yarmuth and change his registration to Democrat. He's since backed off the latter claim but still plans to support Yarmuth, probably in retaliation for what he considers to be the party's strong-arm tactics against him.
But wait, there's more.
In his announcement last week that he's dropping out of the GOP race, Thieneman fired a few more shots across Richardson's bow. Some of them were direct hits.
Thieneman spent some time on the Jefferson County GOP executive committee and says he can't believe some of the things he was privy to during that time.
"You had to say that you swore to support every Republican no matter what," Thieneman says Richardson required.
Hmmm. Seems Richardson can't even follow his own rules. We remember that for the last two years, Richardson basically took former Democrat Attorney General Greg Stumbo's side against Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher. Richardson showed his own party's governor no love nor support, opting instead to bash Fletcher at every opportunity given him when a Courier-Journal reporter called Richardson for comment.
This just serves as another reminder as to why Richardson is not good for the Republican Party. Not in his home county and not in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He needs to be replaced as chair of the party in the state's most-populous county and Louisville Republicans will have that option this spring. We hope they'll avail themselves of the opportunity and choose a real, loyal Republican to lead them.