Williams, Seum attack local control
State Senate President David Williams and his fellow Republican, Sen. Dan Seum, went into full pander mode last week, thereby removing any doubts election season has arrived in Kentucky.
Williams and Seum pre-filed legislation that would guarantee K-12 students the right to attend the public school nearest to their home.
Because the bill would open the way to resegregating the state's schools, this was a rather blatant playing of the race card by two men who hope it will improve their chances in upcoming elections.
Seum faces a challenge in November in his Jefferson County district, where public unrest with the local busing plan flared anew after schools reopened last month. Williams has all but declared his entry in the 2011 gubernatorial field, and no doubt hopes to reap statewide benefit from his variation on former Republican President Richard Nixon's infamous "Southern strategy."
This is a cynical political ploy for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the hypocrisy of Republicans who preach against "Big Brother" government while auditioning for the role of Big Brother themselves....