Tony Miller (Kentucky)

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For the former California Acting Secretary of State, see Tony Miller (California).

Tony Miller (born June 22, 1947) is a U.S. politician from Kentucky.

Tony Miller served as the Circuit Court Clerk for Jefferson County, Kentucky from 1988 to 2006.

In 2003 Miller ran for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky on a slate with Speaker of the House Jody Richards.[1] The slate of Ben Chandler and Charlie Owen defeated them in the Democratic primary.

Miller was the 2004 Democratic Congressional nominee in Kentucky's Third District, facing four-term incumbent U.S. Congresswoman Anne Northup. Miller led in some early polls, but an aggressively negative campaign by Northup, an inability to stay competitive in fund raising and inconsistent performances in televised debates hurt his chances badly. Northup asserted that Miller was intellectually unqualified to serve in Congress and Miller's poor public speaking abilities did not help refute her claim.

In October 2004, Miller lost the support of several notable progressives and left-leaning organizations that normally support the Democrat. Northup's 1998 opponent Chris Gorman and the normally Democrat-endorsing Louisville Courier-Journal both endorsed Northup.

Miller went on to lose to Northup by a margin of over 72,000 votes. Northup won with 197,736 votes (60.3%) to Miller's 124,040 (37.8%). It was by far Northup's widest margin in defending her House seat, but Northup lost the seat in the next election to Democrat John Yarmuth.

Miller left the office of Circuit Court Clerk in 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nelson, Jared (19 May 2003). "Lunsford withdrawal sparks primary interest". The Times Leader. Princeton, Kentucky. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
Preceded by
Jack Conway
Democratic Nominee, United States House of Representatives, Kentucky 3rd District
2004-2004
Succeeded by
John Yarmuth