From press release:
Former Republican State Legislator and County Party Chairman Joins the Louisville/Jefferson County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee.
Louisville, KY- Yesterday, January 23, 13, the members of the Louisville/Jefferson County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee voted to elect former State Senator Lindy Casebier to fill the un-expired term of former 34th Legislative District Vice Chairman Shawn Reilly.
Casebier served as a Republican in both chambers of the General Assembly from 1987-2005. He and his mother the late Frieda Casebier were long time Republican leaders and Casebier served as Jefferson County Republican Party chairman for several years during the 1990’s. He officially became a Democrat in 2008 and is currently serving in Governor Beshear’s administration as the Deputy Secretary of Tourism Arts and Heritage Cabinet. Since switching parties he has actively supported Democratic candidates.
During his time in the legislature he held a moderate voting record supporting organized labor and in 2004 he was the only Republican to vote against the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Casebier blames the Republican Party’s shift to the far right as his reason for crossing the aisle. “They are more concerned with catering to extremists not governing. I didn’t leave the Republican Party- the Republican Party left me.”
At last night’s meeting Democratic Party Chairman Bill Ryan said, “We are excited to have Senator Casebier join the committee. He’s an excellent public servant and we are looking forward to his help in moving the county party forward.” He added, “We are the truly big tent party.”
Casebier joins retired schoolteacher and librarian Anne Lindauer and former Alderman and current Chief Deputy Circuit Court Clerk Sharon Hall in representing the 34th House District on the County’s Executive Committee; one of the most reliably Democratic and highest voting districts in the commonwealth.
(Editor's note: Former 34th Legislative District Vice Chairman Shawn Reilly resigned as a precaution to eliminate any perceived conflicts of interest in his new role as executive director of the superpac Progress Kentucky.)