Ed Marksberry to drop out of Democratic U.S. Senate primary to run as independent

09/23/2013 11:38 AM

U.S. Senate candidate Ed Marksberry told Pure Politics on Monday that he will drop out of the Democratic primary and plans to change his registration to run next year as an independent.

Marksberry will make a formal announcement at a press conference in Louisville at 5:30 p.m.

He also said he has dropped the lawsuit he brought against the Kentucky Democratic Party this summer in which he challenged the party for sending out a fundraising email that touted the Senate candidacy of Alison Lundergan Grimes. The party’s bylaws forbid the organization from picking a side during a Democratic primary. Marksberry faced a filing deadline in court on Friday.

“I told my attorney that we’re just going to drop it. You’re not going to spend any more of my money on this. I’m a poor boy,” he said, then chuckled. “I’m going to try to get away from the suit and the grumblings about the Democratic Party.”

Marksberry has not yet changed his registration but must do so before Dec. 31.

“This is a press conference to announce what our intent is,” Marksberry said, adding that he would outline his reasons at the press conference later Monday.

As an independent, Marksberry must collect at least 5,000 signatures to submit to the Kentucky Board of Elections by August 2014.

Marksberry said he informed Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon about his decision on Friday. And Marksberry stopped by the Daviess County Democratic Rally social reception before the speaking event to tell select local party leaders as well. Marksberry left the event before Grimes arrived and before the speeches began.

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He has covered politics for more than 10 years, including 7 years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Follow Ryan on Twitter @cn2Alessi. Ryan can be reached at 502-792-1135 or ryan.alessi@twcnews.com.


  • viewer wrote on September 23, 2013 03:50 PM :

    You have my respect Ed. I think you did the right thing here. There is a small window on both sides of the democrats and republicans in the state. If the democrat and repubican parties slept with one another, it shoud be considered incest. The powers that be fuss back and forth, but they are all in toghether- like a matrix. We have been through a pill epidemic in this state, and now Governor Beshear’s son wants to run for attorney general, and he represents big pharma. You couldn’t make this up if you had to.

    This senate race has been pretty much the nail in the coffin. For a democrat to vote for Grimes is fooish. Who and what is she? We have not heard one thing out of her that wasn’t scripted. We know she is a female, and if she worked out at the Bunny Ranch in Nevada we wouldn’t be calling her a politician, but something else that starts with a “p”. She has not been in office two years and has already proven to be her father’s daughter. Democrats, you don’t have a chance.

    Has anyone seen poor old Mitch lately? That poor, old man has been ducking and weaving so much that he needs to take his retirement now. Poor, old thing hates government so much that he lets his government body guards move him in and out of the citizens he is supposed to represent.

    For all the people who want to say that America is going down hill, all you have to do is look at this race. We have been taught that true leaders stand up for what they believe in and take on important issues. Grimes and Mitch have shown why the country has become a joke. They use Fortune 500 companies to run commercials for them when they do not have the guts or courage to stand up and talk for themselves. I dare any democrat or republican to stand up and say that either one of them is a true leader. The country is falling apart and all they can do is run super pac commercials. They are both cowards and only care about themselves. The viewer.

  • viewer wrote on September 23, 2013 03:59 PM :

    A true leader would only get elected one time, after telling us all the truth about what needs to be done to get this country back into shape. Now we have a bunch of cowards telling us what we want to hear , and keeping the top one percent , the top one percent…. The bottom 30 percent , the bottom 30 percent…. Keep voting for Hal Rogers and Mitch Kentucky. That power will trickle down. LOL !!! The viewer

  • Trampis Coner wrote on September 24, 2013 05:32 AM :

    Way to go Ed!! McConnell is so proud of you!! To inject a third party into next year’s general election is his dream come true! You will more than likely take just enough democratic votes to give him the votes he needs to further fossilize in Washington. Hope you and your supporters are proud of what you are going to do to Ky. ALISON 2014!!

  • Time for KY to change. wrote on September 24, 2013 10:57 AM :

    No McConnell and no Grimes.

    As fresh beginning. Matt Bevin 2014!!

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