Former GOP state Rep. Mike Nemes being courted to challenge U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth

08/07/2013 07:44 AM

Mike Nemes, a former Republican state representative from southern Jefferson County, confirmed that he is being urged by some Louisville Republicans to challenge four-term Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth in 2014.

“I’ll leave my options open. I’ve had requests to run for about everything, from dog catcher to councilman to state House again to the U.S. Congress,” Nemes told Pure Politics in a phone interview. Nemes, however, declined to say which groups and Republicans have encouraged him to run for Congress.

He said he’s not in a rush to make a decision and will ultimately choose to run based on “where I can be most beneficial and if I can make a difference.”

And part of that is calculating whether he’d actually be able to get to do the job.

“Whatever I decide to do, I’d have to feel like I can win,” Nemes said.

Taking on Yarmuth would be tough. He won his re-election in 2012 by nearly 30 points with 64 percent of the vote over Republican Brooks Wicker. He won in 2010 by nearly 11 points over Todd Lally in a tough environment for Democrats. Plus, Yarmuth started July with more than $600,000 in his campaign account.

Nemes hails from southern Jefferson County and in his one term in the state House proved to have an independent streak.

“You know me. I’m pretty much non-partisan,” Nemes said. “I think that’s what the people want.”


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