Larry Forgy showed the promise and pitfalls of campaign finance reform

Larry Forge, who died Thursday, January 13, at age 82, will be remembered by Republicans as the outstanding kid who ran three races for governor. Kentuckians in general should honor him as one of the few politicians who put his future on the line to limit the influence of money in politics.

Forgey had notable political pedigree: Gov. budget director Louis Nunn, partner in a law firm headed by former Democratic Governor Burt Combs and Ronald Reagan’s successful campaign manager in Kentucky in 1980 and 1984.

All of which made Forgy the presumptive Republican nominee for governor in 1987, but on January 2 he surprised the state by backing down, saying that being a candidate for governor “requires personal sacrifices and concessions I am not willing to make.”

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