Lawsuit Seeks To Remove Kentucky Republican AG Candidate From Ballot (Updated)

Sep 17, 2019

A new lawsuit is alleging the Republican nominee for Kentucky attorney general has not been a practicing attorney long enough to hold the state's top law enforcement job.

Kentucky Republican candidate for Attorney General Daniel Cameron addresses the audience gathered at the Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019.
Credit AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

The suit filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court by Joseph L. Jackson of Louisville asks that Republican Daniel Cameron's name be removed from the Nov. 5 ballot. The complaint says the state constitution requires eight years of experience as a "practicing attorney." Cameron is running against Democrat Greg Stumbo.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the lawsuit says Cameron spent two years serving as a clerk for a federal judge. He was admitted to the state bar in October 2011. The lawsuit says Cameron was not allowed to practice law while serving as a clerk.

Cameron's campaign says it was reviewing the lawsuit on Tuesday afternoon.

Update (6 p.m.): Cameron's campaign responded Tuesday with a press release calling the suit a “corrupt attempt to disqualify the first African-American Attorney General nominee in Kentucky’s history,” suggesting the court challenge is similar to one made against Democrat Ben Chandler in the mid-90s that was eventually thrown out by a Franklin Circuit judge.