Conway says it's 'still early' to be courting running mates; Says 2014 could affect that

05/02/2013 08:30 AM

Attorney General Jack Conway said he’s had a “few preliminary conversations” with potential running mates in the 2015 governor’s race and said he hopes he and Crit Luallen can work it out so that they won’t run against each other.

Luallen, the former state auditor and a mentor of Conway’s, told Pure Politics on Friday that she hopes she and Conway can “settle this amicably as we both think through what our options are.”

Conway said he agreed as he continues to “take a good look at the race.”

“I have high name ID. I’ve had $30 million spent against me, and I’m still standing,” Conway said, referring to the amount Republican candidates and groups have spent against him in two races for attorney general and in the 2010 U.S. Senate race.

Conway, who is serving in his second term as attorney general, said “still early” to be courting potential running mates. Kentucky law requires a candidate for governor to form a slate with a lieutenant governor candidate before raising and spending money.

Conway said he hadn’t formally offered the running mate position to Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

“I don’t know that we’ve had that kind of detailed conversation,” Conway said.

In the three-minute interview about political issues, Conway also answers a question about whether he thinks Grimes should run for U.S. Senate.

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at or @mycn2 on Twitter.


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