GOP's Todd P'Pool to file for attorney general, Rob Sanders says he won't run

12/14/2010 03:02 PM

Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders confirmed to cn|2 Politics that he decided not to run in the Republican primary for attorney general in 2011 and instead signed the paperwork of a candidate who will.

Sanders said he signed the petition to file for Hopkins County Attorney Todd P’Pool, a fellow Republican who has been considering the attorney general’s race for several weeks. P’Pool alerted the Secretary of State’s office that he plans to turn in his candidacy papers Wednesday morning.

P’Pool told cn|2 Politics he wouldn’t comment publicly until he files.

Knowing that P’Pool would run made Sanders comfortable knowing that Republicans would have “a good candidate,” he said. Still, Sanders stopped short of endorsing P’Pool.

“I’m confident if Todd is the nominee, he’ll make a great candidate,” Sanders said.

But another Republican prosecutor, Jessamine County Attorney Brian Goettl, said he hasn’t eliminated the possibility of running for attorney general and won’t decide until after Jan. 1.

“I want to know the size and scope of the job before I commit,” Goettl said. “Anyone who wants the (attorney general’s) job has to be competent to represent the client. I believe that I am but need to do a complete review (of the job duties) before making a definitive statement.”

Sanders, meanwhile, said he won’t be running for any office in 2011 but would run for re-election as commonwealth attorney.

Sanders, one of a few Republicans exploring a run for attorney general, said he withdrew his name for a number of reasons, including his passion for being a state prosecutor in Kenton County.

“I love the job that I’m doing,” Sanders said. “I never got into politics thinking I would run for higher office.”

He said he considered running for attorney general as “more of a lateral move.”

Sanders said he received encouragement to run for attorney general, including from current Secretary of State Trey Grayson, a Republican who once was looking at running for attorney general himself.

“At first, it surprised me that my name was thrown into the race,” Sanders said.

- Kenny Colston with additional reporting by Ryan Alessi

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