Andy Beshear: "Very strong interest" for AG office; All-in for Grimes in U.S. Senate race

08/09/2013 09:57 AM

Louisville lawyer and son of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear – Andy Beshear says that he still has a “very strong interest in the Attorney General’s office,” but he isn’t quite ready to announce if he officially enter the race in 2015.

The Beshear’s are squarely behind Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alsion Lundergan Grimes in her attempts to knock off 28-year incumbent U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in his bid for a sixth term in office.

The Lundergan and Grimes’ clans haven’t always been on the best terms , but they’ve since made up, and while the reasons are likely many the biggest one is purely political in nature. If Grimes is successful in her attempts against McConnell she can’t come back to Frankfort and run against Beshear for the attorney general’s position.

“I think Alison Lundergan Grimes is a great candidate for the U.S. Senate and I’m going to be doing everything I can to help support her,” Beshear said at a pre-Fancy Farm event in Paducah on Friday.

Pure Politics first reported that Beshear was considering a run in March, and since then Beshear says he has been busy traveling the Commonwealth and meeting with Democrats across the state.

“The last four or five months I’ve been traveling the Commonwealth and I’ve been receiving a lot of encouragement at each stop. So, I have a strong interest in using my legal skills to help working families, businesses, and most importantly Kentucky’s children,” Beshear said.

When asked if Beshear would delay his decision to enter the race until the U.S. Senate race is over in November of 2014, Beshear said he’d wait and see what happens.

“Alsion looks like she has great support – so we’ll see how that builds – and I’ll do everything I can to help her build it,” he said.

Beshear is not the only Democrat thought to be considering running for attorney general in 2015 – House Judiciary Chairman Rep. John Tilley of Hopkinsville and Louisville lawyer Jennifer Moore are also potential candidates for the race.

As to when specifically Beshear might announce his candidacy “stay tuned,” he said.

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


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