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Blanton Leaving Governor's Office

From Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeighJay Blanton, spokesman for Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, is leaving the administration at the end of October to take a job in the private sector.Jay Blanton is Gov. Beshear’s second communications director, after Dick Brown, who now works for Environmental and Public Protection. Blanton, who began work for the governor last August, is taking a job with the Keeneland Association in Lexington.“The professional and personal opportunity to work for an institution that means as much to central Kentucky as Keeneland does was just too much to pass up,” Blanton said.Katie Allison Dailinger will replace Blanton as communications director. Kerri Richardson, who currently works for Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, will be a deputy communications director. Jill Midkiff will also continue to serve as a spokesperson for the administration.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.