Ky. Lt. Gov. Rules Out Run for Gov.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) _ Lt. Gov. Steve Henry on Tuesday ruled out a run for governor, citing the race’s high cost and the scandal of Gov. Paul Patton’s extramarital affair.
``I’m part of an administration,″ he said. ``In the end, that would have been used against me.″
Henry, an orthopedist, also is being sued for allegedly overbilling the government in his medical practice. He denies any wrongdoing and has countersued, claiming he actually was underpaid by Medicare and Medicaid.
Henry said his main reason for deciding not to run was money. He has predicted that he would need to raise $4 million.
Henry also said his wife, Heather French Henry, was against his running. During the announcement, the former Miss America stood beside her husband, holding their infant daughter.
U.S. Rep. Ernie Fletcher heads a field of four Republican hopefuls, while Attorney General Ben Chandler is the apparent front-runner among the Democrats.