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Jefferson County Representative no longer wants to be a Democrat

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) - He was representing Jefferson County as a Democrat, but now state Representative Denver "Denny" Butler plans to switch parties.

In an email sent to WDRB, the Legislative Research Commission and the Speaker of the House, Greg Stumbo, Butler said he filed for re-election to House District 38 as a Republican. The district covers a portion of Jefferson County.  

According to Butler's email, he made the decision after meeting too much resistance from the Democrat Party regarding fiscal issues: 

As an elected official there is a responsibility to be transparent and fiscally sound with our taxpayer’s dollars.  Since taking office in 2013, my focus has primarily been on Law enforcement issues surrounding drug addiction and criminal justice reform. I sponsored legislation each year to provide a raise to our fire and police from KFFPF & KLEPF funds that provide monetary resources for training and incentive pay today.  Each year the legislation failed due to questions related to the fund.  

The KFFPF and KLEPF funds have been in existence for decades and manage over $100 million annually. As citizens of the Commonwealth, we all pay into this fund through a surcharge on insurance premiums.  In my continued request for the first independent audit of these funds, I am met with resistance and disregard from leaders of the Democrat Party. I look forward to working with Minority Leader Hoover to facilitate a meeting with Auditor-Elect Harmon concerning the requested audit.   

Butler was elected to House District 38 in 2013. He works on several committees, including Appropriations and Revenue, State Police Safety Measures, Military Affairs, and the Implementation Oversight Committee, among others. He is a retired LMPD homicide sergeant. 

Republican Responses:

Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Mac Brown made the following statement regarding State Representative Denny Butler switching his registration to the Republican Party and filing to run for reelection as a Republican:

I enthusiastically welcome Representative Denny Butler to the Republican Party.  He is a principled man with a strong commitment to his constituents, and he will be a great addition to the House Republican Caucus as we work to move Kentucky forward in 2016.

Statement from House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover:

I am pleased and proud to welcome Representative Denny Butler to the House Republican Caucus.  Representative Butler informed me this morning that he had officially switched his registration to Republican late yesterday afternoon, and would be seeking re-election as a Republican.

Representative Butler and I have had a very good relationship over the years and have developed a strong friendship.  His extensive background in law enforcement is only matched by his unwavering integrity and desire for more transparency in state government. He is a welcome addition to the House Republican ranks which now stands at 47 members.

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