The first televised debate by Republican gubernatorial candidates brought back the scandal that has haunted Governor Ernie Fletcher.
The governor was indicted last year on charges that he illegally rewarded political supporters with protected state jobs.
The indictment was dismissed in a deal with prosecutors, but the special grand jury later said Fletcher had approved a plan to bypass state hiring laws.
Former Congresswoman Anne Northup said Kentucky deserves better and the legal problems have been unfair to the Republican Party.
Fletcher said the investigation and resulting indictment were the results of politics.
Paducah businessman, Billy Harper said he is running a positive campaign and will not criticize Fletcher.
Voters will have a chance to voice their opinion during the primary, May 22, 2007.