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Beshear Appoints Senator David Williams To Circuit Judgeship

Contributor: Christine Winter
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Updated: 10/26/2012 7:36 pm
Kentuckians followed some big political news Friday.

Governor Steve Beshear has appointed his political nemesis, Republican Senate President David Williams, to a judgeship in Williams' home district in Southern Kentucky.

Williams has been a political thorn in Beshear's side since the Governor took office in 2007.

Beshear called Williams an "obstructionist."

Governor Beshear soundly beat Williams in his re-election bid last year.

The appointment is not an unprecedented move by the Governor.

He has appointed influential Republican Senators to key positions in state government twice before.

Critics say it was to change the balance of power in the Senate and get expanded gambling at horse racing tracks passed, which Williams opposed.

Financially this is a good move for Williams.

He'll make around $124,000 a year as a judge, which could double his state pension benefits when he retires.

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