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Kentucky Fourth District Battle

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As primary campaigns in Kentucky warm up, the highest-profile one is turning into a responsibility blame game.

State Representative Alecia Webb-Edgington is six Republicans vying to replace outgoing Fourth Congressional District Congressman Geoff Davis.

And one of her opponents, Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore, is criticizing Webb-Edgington for missing crucial votes on the state budget last week.

Moore says his opponent was too busy fundraising to fulfill her duty as a state lawmaker to vote on budget bills in the Kentucky legislature. And he criticized her for calling out federal lawmakers for not passing a budget yet not being in Kentucky to do the same.

"It's unfortunate that Representative Webb-Edgington found it more pertinent to campaign in Washington D.C. and in Shelbyville raising money, rather than to do the job the people elected her to do in Frankfort. Rep. Webb-Edgington not only missed critical votes during one of the most crucial times in the Kentucky legislative session but most importantly she missed voicing the concerns and interests for her constituents. Webb-Edgington abandoned her responsibility to the people to pursue her own political ambitions," Moore's campaign says.  

But the campaign manager for Webb-Edgington says Moore is trying to distract from real issues by getting up the missed votes. And he says Webb-Edgington will cast a dissent vote on the budget when lawmakers return on April 12.

Kenny Colston is the Frankfort Bureau Chief for Kentucky Public Radio (a collaborative effort of public radio stations in Kentucky). Colston has covered Kentucky's Capitol and state government since 2010. He is a Louisville native, and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. When he's not tracking down stories about Kentucky politics, you can often find him watching college sports, particularly football.
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