Andy Beshear will decide in coming months whether to run for attorney general in '15

03/27/2013 12:37 PM

Andy Beshear, the son of Gov. Steve Beshear, said he’s considering running for Attorney General in 2015.

The younger Beshear has worked nearly 10 years as an attorney. He currently practices litigation, business and finance, and a “decent amount” of non-profit work in the Louisville office of Stites and Harbison — the same firm his father worked for before being elected governor in 2007.

Gov. Beshear started his political life as a state representative, but after five years was elected to the office of attorney general in 1979.

And following in his father’s footsteps is on Andy Beshear’s mind. He said the family values that has been instilled by his mother, first lady Jane Beshear, and father would benefit him as the commonwealth’s top law enforcement official.

That government role of attorney general provides a “direct ability to effect peoples lives in a positive way,” Beshear said.

While Beshear said he has not yet committed to running he would likely make his decision to run in the next “four to five months.”

The attorney general’s position will be an open seat in 2015 with incumbent Jack Conway being term limited. But the race may not be an easy one. Other high profile names have been also tossed around the halls of the Capitol such as House Judiciary Chairman Rep. John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

In a telephone interview with Pure Politics, Andy Beshear said his father’s performance as governor and legacy does not affect his decision to run, but said he “believe(s) he provided a great example to make positive change through government.”

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, a former attorney general himself, said he could support Beshear as the candidate.

“I don’t know Andy Beshear, but by reputation he’s a good lawyer. His dad was a good attorney general, so I wouldn’t have any reason to believe he wouldn’t be a good attorney general,” Stumbo said.

Stumbo said that Tilley and Grimes would also be good choices for attorney general, but he would “obviously be inclined to support Alison,” because he has known her since she was born and is close friends with her father, former Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Lundergan.


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