Edelen says short list for potential running mates is stocked with 'private sector' experience

05/04/2014 01:56 PM

State Auditor Adam Edelen confirmed he has a short list for potential running mates in next year’s governor’s races and indicated that it’s mostly stocked with names from the private sector.

Edelen so far hasn’t been linked to any specific name for a lieutenant govenror candidate if Edelen, indeed, gets into the race. Edelen, a Democrat who lives in Lexington and grew up in Meade County, said he’s not focused in picking someone to bring geographic or gender balance to the ticket.

“I’m not particularly interested in balance,” Edelen said before Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. “What I’m interested in is doubling down on my leadership style, which is one that is private-sector inspired. We have a cacophony of voices in our political system that are all about process. And what we need are elected officials who are about delivering and are about outcomes.”

He said he hadn’t spoken about the subject with Ron Geary, the president of Ellis Park racetrack in Henderson and former chairman of the home health care company ResCare.

However, he said Geary is a friend and he values his counsel.

Geary said Friday in a phone interview with Pure Politics that he is focused on helping Ellis Park make money and was circumspect about his political future.

“I don’t want to be involved in that,” he said.

When asked if he was referring to running for office or just talking about it, Geary responded, “probably both.”

“I don’t want to do either,” he said when pressed again.

Edelen has said he won’t announce his political future until after his office completes its review of the Jefferson County School District, which will likely be completed by the end of May or early June.

That means if he decides to run, he will most likely be the second Democrat to enter the race. Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway has said for the last two months that he would likely announce his intentions after the Kentucky Derby.

“I know that there are others who I guess have more time to think about their political futures but I have to do this very important task on behalf of the taxpayers first,” Edelen said.

Haven’t had that specific conversation

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