Reprinted from Kentucky Roll Call newsletter, Aug. 15, 2013.
From 1974 to 1980, Roy Stevens served as a chief aide to Gov. Julian Carroll and to Gov. John Y. Brown Jr. In a memoir, Grass Roots, released this summer, Stevens recounts how Carroll subtly helped launch Mitch McConnell’s political career. It happened as follows: In the 1975 governor’s race, Gov. Carroll was running for a full term, after ascending to the office from lieutenant governor when Gov. Wendell Ford resigned to go to the U.S. Senate. Jefferson County Judge (judge-executive now) Todd Hollenbach Sr., on the basis of his strength in the state’s largest county, filed to run in the Democratic primary against Carroll. Hollenbach carried Jefferson County by more than 5,000 votes, but Carroll handily won the race.
[Editor's note: A copy of Roy's memoir, Grass Roots, is available, as the limited the supply lasts, to individuals who donate $20 or more to the Princeton Animal League (PAL), 1300 South Jefferson, Princeton, KY 42445. He may be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.]