Adkins calls on Beshear to stop fundraising, focus on 2018

08/23/2018 12:45 PM

LOUISVILLE- House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, is calling on Attorney General Andy Beshear, former Gov. Steve Beshear and anyone else fundraising for 2019 to focus on 2018.

The potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate told reporters before the Annual Country Ham Breakfast that while he is still considering a run for the Governor’s Mansion, Democrats in the state need to put all of their focus on winning back the Kentucky House in November.

“We need all hands on deck going into November the sixth,” said Adkins. “What I’m saying is Andy Beshear, Steve Beshear, we need your efforts to help us raise the funds that we need. Stop raising the money for an election that’s going to take place in 2019 and let’s raise the money that we need for 2018, and let’s take back control of the Kentucky House of Representatives.”

The Beshear campaign quickly responded to Adkins call to stop fundraising. Brad Bowman, campaign spokesman said Beshear has been actively helping candidates campaign to win back control of the House.

“In the last two weeks alone, Attorney General Beshear has supported Democratic candidates and local parties in Nelson, Warren, Muhlenberg, Marion, Scott, Jefferson, Simpson, Franklin, and Bullitt Counties. These events have included nearly 1,400 people who are excited about both the 2018 elections and the Beshear/Coleman vision of prioritizing public education, fighting our drug epidemic, creating good paying jobs, and restoring decency and transparency to state government,” he said in a statement.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Kentucky, another potential gubernatorial or Attorney General candidate also responded to the call from Leader Adkins, saying her focus is on 2018. Grimes, who ran for U.S. Senate against Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014, says she has experienced candidates fundraising for races a year ahead.

“We had people that were starting their campaigns in 2013 for races that existed in 2015. I know from personal experience so it’s the reason I have led the effort in saying we need to focus on the races in 2018, that comes before 2019,” she said.

Republicans took control of the House in January 2017, and now outnumber Democrats 63 to 37. Adkins believes with the outrage from teachers with pensions from last session, Democrats could take back control of the House.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at



  • Ervin James Webster wrote on August 23, 2018 06:47 PM :

    Asking a Beshear not to fund raise is like asking a fish not to swim.

  • Cumberland Gap wrote on August 28, 2018 08:59 AM :

    Rocky Adkins is making gains every week. His dilemma is not enough name recognition. His people want to worry about “bills” and legislation, not better publicity.

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