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Former McConnell staffer Daniel Cameron seeking nomination for Kentucky attorney general


By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

A one-time staffer for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is seeking the Republican nomination for Kentucky Attorney General.

Daniel Cameron, 33, is a Hardin County native and a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law.

Daniel Cameron, a former staffer of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, files candidacy papers to run for the Republican nomination for Kentucky Attorney General. Cameron, 33, is seen with Mary Sue Helm at the Secretary of State’s office. (Photo by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today)

He clerked for Gregory F. Van Tatenhove, a U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky after graduation, and went on to private practice at Stites & Harbison in Louisville.

Cameron said it was McConnell who contacted him and offered the post of legal counsel, which Cameron held for about two and a half years, calling it a great experience.

“It was sort of the sweet spot of what I enjoy,” Cameron said. “I handled compliance matters, but had a legislative portfolio as well, in judiciary and law enforcement, and was able to work with the law enforcement community back in Kentucky. It was an eye-opening experience.”

After leaving McConnell’s office, Cameron went back to private practice at Frost, Brown, Todd in Louisville.

Cameron said being the attorney general is all about leadership.

“You can use that position as the platform from which to confront what I believe is the public safety challenge of our lifetime — the drug epidemic,” said Cameron. “I think I certainly had time in Washington, DC, to help me understand the issues that folks here in Kentucky are dealing with on that front.”

Cameron said one of the highlights of working for McConnell was getting additional funding to Kenton, Campbell and Boone counties through the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Program for drug interdiction efforts.

“I want to be able to use some of that experience and some of the relationships I built with our federal law enforcement partners to enhance drug enforcement priorities of Kentucky,” he said. “I think I bring that set of skills and expertise to this race, in addition to being a new voice in the primary process.”

Cameron said he hopes to become the first Republican attorney general in Kentucky since Eldon Dummit, who held the office from 1944-1948.

Cameron will take on Sen. Whitney Westerfield in the GOP primary.


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