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Report: Moser Courted to Challenge Massie in Primary

There could be a Republican primary in Northern Kentucky's Congressional race next year.

Four-term incumbent Thomas Massie, who often bucks party leadership and voted recently against disaster relief funding, is being targeted for a challenge by national Republican leaders, according to a report by the Courier-Journal.

State Rep. Kim Moser (R-Taylor Mill) told the Louisville paper that she has been approached by national Republicans to consider a primary challenge to Massie.

"We land on the same place on some issues, and obviously we're both very conservative and libertarian-leaning," she said. "But I would fall more in the pragmatic, solution-oriented camp and that's always going to be my issue. I think it's fine to disagree, but I'm always looking for solutions, and that's not what I see from Congressman Massie." 

According to the Courier-Journal, Massie was unaware of any such conversations.

"If the Courier Journal knows about a viable plan from the swamp to take me out, please let me know, because I don’t," Massie said in a statement. "In the meantime, I’ll keep draining it."

Massie was first elected in 2012, victorious at the height of the tea party wave and emerging from a Republican primary that included Northern Kentucky Republicans like Boone County Judge/Executive Gary Moore and then-State Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington.

Read the full story here.

-Staff report