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Is Kentucky’s death penalty becoming an issue in U.S. Senate race?

In November 2009, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway asked Gov. Steve Beshear to set execution dates for three men.

In November 2009, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway asked Gov. Steve Beshear to set execution dates for three men.

Political website CapitalistBanner.com recently noted that Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, a candidate for U.S. Senate, “rushed to send three inmates to death row in November of 2009.” (For details of Conway’s rash action, please read our post “Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway requested three death warrants this morning“).

Previously the Louisville Courier-Journal also pointed out Conway’s support of the ineffective death penalty.

Having never held public office previously, Conway’s Republican opponent, Rand Paul’s, position on capital punishment has not manifested itself as prominently. No mention of the death penalty was found on his website, although the blog Gawker described him as “anti-death penalty.” If you have more information on Paul’s stance, please let us know in the comments.

While KCADP does not endorse candidates for political office, of course, we welcome both Conway and Paul to elaborate about their positions on the death penalty during this U.S. Senate race.

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  1. Fr. Dan Kreutzer says

    Conway’s office told me he was just doing his job in sending the death warrants to the Governor. Candidate Conway can go beyond just doing his job as attorney general by coming out personally against the death penalty. Democrats don’t have to be for the death penalty (or any other injustice) to be elected.

  2. Nicholas Neal says

    His father is anti-death penalty, But I know nothing of him personally.



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