Crit Luallen interviews potential fundraising and ad firms in D.C.

03/05/2014 01:19 PM

In the most telling sign yet about her intentions about running for governor next year, Crit Luallen spent Tuesday in Washington, D.C., meeting with representatives for firms that she could line up to help her if she decides to run for governor next year.

Luallen met with a potential fundraising firm and media consultant, confirmed Jim Cauley, the Democratic consultant who has been closely allied with Luallen. Luallen also met with pollster and strategist Celinda Lake, who did work for Luallen in the past.

Luallen has been looking at the 2015 race for the last year and has said she would announce her intentions without necessarily naming a running mate. A candidate for governor must pick a lieutenant governor candidate to run with before raising and spending money.

But now that the Republican ticket of Hal Heiner and K.C. Crosbie officially have entered the race, attention has shifted to the Democratic side where no candidate has announced.

And at Tuesday’s announcement for Heiner and Crosbie, one curious onlooker said Luallen would be his first choice in next year’s race. Former Lexington Councilman Richard Moloney, a Democrat-turned-independent who is running this year for an at-large council bid, said he wants to see what Luallen decides before he picks a ticket to get behind.

And some Republicans see Luallen, who developed a strong reputation as a fiscal watchdog while serving as auditor from 2004 through 2011, as the toughest candidate to beat.

Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, told Pure Politics this week that he thinks Republican candidates for governor should get in the race early to get their names out around the state.

“I think the guys have to start now because if they wait until the filing deadline (January 2015) or a month before, the Democrats will have already started. I think if Crit Luallen runs, she would be the toughest one to take down,” Buford said.


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