Liberal Attorney General Jack Conway is expected to announce a campaign for Governor as soon as Tuesday, May 6th. Multiple sources have confirmed online that Conway has asked State Rep. Sannie Overly of Paris to partner as his running mate.
As Democrat’s cheer, Kentucky Republicans are energized by the announcement. Conway started his now decade-old lust of political power as a candidate for U.S Congress in Louisville, losing to incumbent Anne Northup. Conway then recovered by winning a statewide campaign for Attorney General in 2007. Conway then had a change of heart for the third time, deciding it was his calling to be Kentucky’s junior U.S Senator. As the story goes, Conway was again rejected higher office with a loss to Dr. Rand Paul in 2010! To his credit, Conway was re-elected Attorney General a year later.
Now, Jack Conway wants Kentuckians to believe that he has a heart to serve as Governor. However, Conway is sure to face off with a few party friends along the way. State Auditor Adam Edelen spoke to reporters as recently at the Kentucky Derby about his interest. Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo is also considering a run. Rumblings have also produced former U.S Congressman Ben Chandler as a possible candidate, along with former Lt. Governor Dan Mongiardo.
When reaching out to Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer on Conway’s announcement, he seconded the rumors of multiple Democrat tickets: “I am sure this (Conway-Overly) will be the first of many uninspiring Democratic tickets formed for 2015.” Speaking of Thayer, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer did reveal over Derby weekend that his likely campaign for Governor on the Republican ticket is down to ten names, about half of whom have been contacted for vetting.
Comer is expected to announce his intentions for Governor later this fall. He will join former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner and possibly former Ambassador to Latvia Cathey Bailey. So we ask, what do you think about Attorney General Jack Conway joining the Governor fun? Do you think he is the favorite? Which Republican matches up best with Conway?
— Joe Arnold (@joearnoldreport) May 6, 2014