President Barack Obama has chosen Kentucky's lieutenant governor as his liaison to state and local governments, bringing an official experienced in successfully implementing his health care law to the White House as the second open enrollment period is set to kick off.
Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson brings experience at both the state and local level. He is known as Louisville's "mayor for life" after overseeing the city for 21 years, the longest tenure in its history. Abramson, 68, served as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors from 1993 to 1994.