Both GOP candidates for governor have hurdles to clear, Grayson says

11/29/2010 07:29 PM

Fresh off of his announcement that he won’t be a candidate in 2011, Republican Secretary of State Trey Grayson said he’s not ready to endorse in the GOP primary for governor.

He said both candidates for governor, state Senate President David Williams and Louisville businessman Phil Moffett, must clear some hurdles in this Republican primary.

For Moffett, it will be raising money in the order of what Rand Paul was able to do successfully as a “outsider” in the 2010 U.S. Senate race, Grayson said. (Moffett said earlier this month on Pure Politics that he aims to raise $2 million.)

Williams, meanwhile, must overcome a reputation of having “a temper,” Grayson said.

Watch his take on the 2011 primary:

Williams is running with Agriculture Commissioner Riche Farmer. Moffett’s running mate is Republican state Rep. Mike Harmon of Boyle County.

The two slates are vying for the Republican nomination, although it’s unclear whether any other Republicans will jump in the race before the Jan. 25 filing deadline.

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear is seeking his second term with running mate Jerry Abramson. And an independent slate of Gatewood Galbraith and Dea Riley also have been raising money to run in the 2011 governor’s race.

- Ryan Alessi with video produced by Kenny Colston


Subscribe to email updates.

Subscribe and get the latest political intelligence delivered to your inbox.