Abramson not sure whether he'll attend Fancy Farm, but will decide about governor's race around then

07/18/2013 12:23 PM

FLORENCE — While Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson has said he plans to announce his decision about whether to run for governor around the time of the Aug. 3 Fancy Farm picnic, he’s not saying whether he’ll attend the big political event.

Fancy Farm has become the unofficial annual political convention in Kentucky. And the Democratic and Republican dinners and breakfasts in the 24 hours leading up to the political speaking segment of the picnic serve as prime time for political networking, especially for candidates and future candidates.

On Thursday, Abramson, who attended a middle school energy camp presentation at Gateway Community College, told Pure Politics he is weighing what’s best for his family.

“My family is just trying to think through what we can do to help Kentucky be as strong a state in the future as we could possibly hope for and comparing it to other things that I have done for the next chapter of my life,” said Abramson, 66.

Abramson, who missed the 2012 political speaking event because of his wedding anniversary, told the Louisville Rotary Club the week after the event that he didn’t miss being at Fancy Farm, saying, “I think the days of yelling and screaming at folks who are up on stage – just to yell and scream and make fun of them are days of the past.”

This isn’t the first time Abramson, the former mayor of Louisville, has pondered a statewide run.

Abramson considered but ultimately decided not to run for governor in 1995 and U.S. Senate in 1998.

But he said the reasons that he didn’t run back then would not be the same reasons this time around.

Abramson wouldn’t say whom he feels would be the best candidate between Jack Conway, Adam Edelen and Crit Luallen — or other Democrats — should he decide not to run. Others who have been mentioned as potential Democratic candidates include former Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo and Lexington banker Luther Deaton.


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