Bevin "absolutely considering" potential run for another office, says no one should vote Grimes in 2014

09/06/2014 09:35 AM

Former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin is looking past his race against Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and says he is considering the encouragement of those around him to run for another office.

Bevin told Pure Politics at the annual Fancy Farm picnic that he has been encouraged to run for another office. And in a poll about the 2015 governors race, Bevin topped the list of potential Republican candidates with 25 percent.

On Wednesday, Bevin told Pure Politics he has continued to receive encouragement to run for another office and is thinking about it because he cares about the future of the state.

“I am absolutely considering not only the gubernatorial but frankly any other way to serve going into the future. What I have no desire to do is make this a new rest of my life kind of venture,” Bevin said (at 1:15). “I am 47 years old, I am not a kid anymore. But I hopefully have a little gas left in the tank too and to that end, I know there are things that need to be done, I know what my abilities are and are not and if I think I can apply those in a way I think will help my children and other people’s children have a better possibility in the future then I’ll consider that.”

In terms of a timeline, Bevin said he will know if he is going to run or not by the end of September but will not make any kind of announcement any time soon because he does not want to distract from the important issues at play in the 2014 races.

When it comes to the 2014 races, after losing to Senator McConnell in the May primary Bevin would not say whether or not he would support McConnell in the general election.

Bevin told Pure Politics Wednesday that he remains committed to not saying who he will vote for in the election because he believes that is a right of privacy but he did make it very clear who he will not be voting for.

“I hear and see nothing coming from Alison Grimes that would cause me to support her agenda, absolutely nothing. And this is not a seat that we want to lose to somebody who is as unqualified as she is,” Bevin said (at 3:00). “The reality is that I will not be supporting in any way shape or form Alison Grimes and I don’t encourage anyone to do so.”

As for the other races in 2014, Bevin said he is continuing to help out House candidates to help Republicans take over the chamber and said that if legislation like the ones being pushed by the Republican House caucus are not passed then the state is headed down a very dangerous road.

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