FRANKFORT, Ky. — Former Gov. John Y. Brown Jr., the front-runner in Kentucky's Democratic gubernatorial primary as he seeks a second term, finds himself hounded by a pair of former allies and a gambling issue.
His nearest challenger in Tuesday's primary, Lexington businessman Wallace Wilkinson, was finance chairman for Brown's aborted race for the U.S. Senate in 1984.
Brown, who served as governor from 1979 to 1983 but was constitutionally barred from a successive term, is ahead in all polls, some of which show him 20 points ahead of Wilkinson in the field of eight Democrats.
But Wilkinson has charged that Brown opposes a lottery, and Brown has been forced to backtrack on statements made during a debate on the subject as his lead in the polls has eroded in recent weeks.