Democrats still mulling, deliberating, considering and doing 'due diligence' on '14 Senate race

05/22/2013 03:50 PM

Kentucky Democrats are doing plenty of thinking and talking and diligence doing, but not a whole lot of running yet when it comes to the 2014 U.S. Senate race against Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is still gathering information from national Democrats about how to take on the Senate Republican leader, who will have as much as $25 million in his campaign account. She told reporters Wednesday morning that she was still undecided and talking with supporters about it, as Joe Arnold of WHAS was first to Tweet out .

The Hill on Tuesday reported that Heather French Henry was being encouraged to run and hadn’t ruled it out.

The Herald-Leader reported on Monday that Lexington lawyer and former Democratic Party Chairman Bill Garmer was considering the race and canceled an appearance on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” Monday.

And Tom FitzGerald, the environmental lawyer and lobbyist and head of the Kentucky Resources Council, told Pure Politics he’ll decide within the next two weeks. He said he would likely defer to Grimes if she ran but not necessarily the others, although he was quick to add that each has strengths.

So far, only Democrat Ed Marksberry, a carpenter and homebuilder who ran for Congress in 2010, and music promoter Bennie J. Smith of Louisville have announced their intent to run for that party’s nomination in 2010.


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