Brett Guthrie says he won't run for governor in 2015, focuses instead on 2014 re-election bid

07/16/2013 09:39 AM

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, officially announced Tuesday that he would seek a fourth term in Congress and pledged not to run for statewide office in 2015.

Guthrie’s announcement came as his re-election campaign released the 2nd quarter fundraising totals in which the congressman has more than $1 million on hand.

Guthrie, a former state Senator who was first elected to Congress in 2008, has long been mentioned as a GOP contender in the 2015 gubernatorial race, but his statement Tuesday said in no uncertain terms that he won’t be seeking statewide office in that election cycle.

“I am not running for any state office in 2015, although I was humbled by the number of people who asked me to run for governor,” Guthrie’s statement said. “I went to Washington solve big problems and to leave a better America behind for the next generation. I have spent every day doing that and I feel that my time and energy is best spent on solving the big financial and economic problems we face as a nation.”

Guthrie’s fundraising report to the Federal Election Commission showed $1.15 million cash on hand after having already raised $571,752 for the 2014 election cycle. That included $372,162 in the second quarter.

Just last week, Democrat Ron Leach — a retired U.S. Army major — formally announced he planned to run for the chance to challenge Guthrie in 2014.

In Guthrie’s bid for his fourth term, his campaign also released an online video called “next time is right now,” which includes a television showing clips of media commentators criticizing President Barack Obama before Guthrie appears on screen to turn off the TV. He asks the viewers if they’ve “had enough” of Washington and then calls for reforms to the federal budget.

“We are fighting in Washington to balance the federal budget, to cut wasteful spending, and to create an environment where small businesses can create good paying jobs. My work in Congress is all about providing opportunity. I am passionate about improving the economy, cultivating educational opportunity for people of all ages, and getting our nation’s finances under control,” Guthrie said in a statement.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm joined cn|2 in December 2011 as a reporter for Pure Politics. He is now the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics. Throughout his career, Nick has covered several big political stories up close, including interviewing President Barack Obama on the campaign trail back in 2008. Nick says he loves being at the forefront of Kentucky politics and working with the brightest journalists in the commonwealth. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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