Crit Luallen meeting with potential running mates but says it's too early to enter governors race

02/25/2014 06:45 PM

As Crit Luallen continues to keep Democrats wondering about her plans for next year’s gubernatorial race, she said Tuesday she’s “taking the steps necessary” including talking with prospective running mates.

To run for governor in Kentucky and begin raising or spending money a candidate must first to file as a slate with a lieutenant governor candidate.

Luallen, who served as state auditor from 2004 through 2011, said she isn’t rushing her timeline now after saying last fall she planned to announce her intentions by the end of 2013.

“I’ve not made a final decision about whether I’m running or not, but I’m taking the steps that are necessary to make sure I’m prepared to run if the decision is yes,” Luallen said. “I’ve had some discussion with potential running mates, but I have not begun a formal vetting process or anything like that because it’s premature.”

Term limited Attorney General Jack Conway and current State Auditor Adam Edelen are also considering a run for governor in 2015. But Luallen — like former Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo — is now saying that it might be too early to declare for the office.

“I think it’s premature for folks to be jumping into the governors race because we really need to be giving [Grimes] support now and there may be a time later closer to the election where that dynamic would be different,” Luallen said.

On Tuesday, Luallen worked a room of more than 1,200 Democrats in Louisville who were waiting to hear former President Bill Clinton stump for Alison Lundergan Grimes in her U.S. Senate contest against Mitch McConnell.

Luallen described working the room as just “visiting” and “reconnecting” with old and possibly new friends.


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