By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A spokeswoman for Kentucky Senate President David Williams says he would consider a judicial appointment if an offer is made.

It was the first indication Williams was open to becoming a judge, which would require him to resign as the Republican leader of the state Senate.

The Burkesville Republican wields considerable influence as leader of the GOP-led Senate. He was trounced by Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear in last year's gubernatorial election.

Beshear, who has a record of appointing his Republican foes to higher-paying jobs, has said he believes Williams is qualified for the job of circuit judge.

The judgeship opened after the death last month of long-time 40th Circuit Judge Eddie Lovelace. Beshear must make an appointment to fill the two-year term.

The 40th circuit covers Clinton, Cumberland and Monroe counties.

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