Abramson pushes back timeline for 2015 decision and isn't yet searching for running mate

07/29/2013 10:14 PM

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson might be skipping out on Fancy Farm for the second year in a row but he said not to read into that when it comes to his intentions for the 2015 governor’s race.

Abramson told reporters in Louisville on Monday that he is still figuring out his political future. He said he should announce a decision in the next two to three weeks — pushing back the timeline from earlier this month when he said he expected to announce his intentions around Fancy Farm.

The potential pool for the 2015 Democratic Primary is fairly deep, including Abramson, Attorney General Jack Conway, Auditor Adam Edelen, and former Auditor Crit Luallen all mulling a bid. Abramson said he thought a larger field might favor him.

“If I run – I mean you’d like to have as many in the race as possible,” Abramson said. “I’ve always found in my first election where I had nine candidates in the primary that it benefits the individual that’s gonna get out there and make things happen. With my track record the experience I’ve had I say the more the merrier.”

While Abramson decides which direction he will take his public life, he said he is not focused on finding a running mate before he announces his intentions.

“I’d make the announcement in the next couple of weeks, and then I’d take the next several months and find somebody that would be part of the team that would give us a message and clear energy to be able to be successful,” Abramson said.

Abramson said a family conflict would keep him from the Fancy Farm picnic where lot’s of potential candidates for statewide office meet with voters, supporters and donors for future campaigns.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.


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