Sidelined by knee replacement, Crit Luallen to skip Fancy Farm; insists she won't be anyone's Lt. Gov.

07/30/2013 09:03 PM

Crit Luallen, the former Democratic state auditor, won’t be making the trip to Western Kentucky for Fancy Farm-related events this weekend as she recovers from a June 27 knee replacement.

Luallen said Tuesday that her absence shouldn’t be taken as a signal about her plans for 2015.

“I’m still considering the governor’s race,” Luallen said in a phone conversation Tuesday.

Luallen also reiterated that she has no interest in running as a lieutenant governor candidate. She repeated what she first said on Pure Politics in November: that she would be the most prepared candidate for governor if she runs. Luallen served in six administrations in Frankfort before spending eight years as state auditor.

She said Attorney General Jack Conway visited her at her Frankfort home after her knee surgery. And the two, who are friends, continue to stay in contact about their plans for 2015. But she said the two haven’t discussed forming a Conway-Luallen ticket.

“I can put that rumor to rest,” she said.

Luallen, whose second term as state auditor ended at the end of 2011, attended last year’s Fancy Farm and the Democratic Party’s related functions even though she wasn’t a speaker at the picnic’s annual political event.

Other Democrats besides Luallen and Conway who are being mentioned for the 2015 governor’s race include current state Auditor Adam Edelen, Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, former Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, former Congressman Ben Chandler and Lexington banker Luther Deaton.

Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is the most likely Republican to run.


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