July 10, 2020 Blog, Press Release

Daniel Cameron and KY GOP Handpick Partisan Judges to Put Kentuckians Health and Safety At Risk

After Attorney General Daniel Cameron joined two lawsuits in the last few weeks that sought to put Kentuckians at risk during a worldwide pandemic, it has become clear that Kentucky Republicans are coordinating with partisan judges to put politics above public safety.

The judges in question, Brian Privett and Rick Brueggemann, have a history of being very partisan according to campaign finance and other records. This history calls into question their recent rulings putting Kentuckians in danger and whether or not they should have even presided on their particular cases.

Several social media posts show Privett with GOP elected officials, including Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, who brought a lawsuit against Gov. Andy Beshear in Scott County. Privett also attended a partisan event for the Scott County GOP (pictured with State Sen. Damon Thayer) and received donations from Thayer and State Rep. Phillip Pratt.

Rick Brueggeman was head of the Boone County GOP for two years and his family has a long history of supporting the Republican Party.

Cameron has been the most politically aggressive Attorney General in the nation when it comes to filing lawsuits against COVID-19 protections. In other states where the attorney general and governor are of different political parties, like Kansas, there have not been any lawsuits challenging these public safety protections. Cameron appears to be focused on  his political ambitions and is putting Kentuckians at risk.

In a statement, Kentucky Democratic Party chair Ben Self called for the Republican Party of Kentucky, especially Daniel Cameron and Ryan Quarles, to stop judge shopping for partisan judges. And to put the health and safety of Kentuckians before their political desires.

“The fact that Daniel Cameron and Ryan Quarles went to two of the most partisan judges they could find is sad and it calls into question their ethics and the ethics of the judges involved — who should have recused themselves. The Republican Party of Kentucky should have put the health and safety of Kentuckians during a pandemic first months ago rather than advance their political ambitions. If they can’t do so, voters should kick them out in November,” Self said.