Jensen hires Beshear's former ad producer but governor says there might be a primary in 6th Dist.

06/19/2013 09:08 AM

Newly-announced Democratic candidate for Congress Elisabeth Jensen already has assembled her team of consultants, including David Eichenbaum, who produced Gov. Steve Beshear’s campaign ads.

That’s not necessarily a sign of a gubernatorial endorsement, though. Beshear told Pure Politics he is not getting involved in any Democratic primary for Central Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District and thinks there might be one because others have expressed interest.

For instance, Joe Palumbo — the Lexington businessman and son of state Rep. Ruth Ann Palumbo — told Pure Politics this spring that he’s being encouraged to run.

Here’s what Beshear told political reporter Nick Storm on Monday about Jensen:

Jensen, who helped co-found the Race for Education organization in Lexington and is a former executive for the Walt Disney Co., first confirmed to Pure Politics over the weekend that she would run for the Democratic nomination to take on Republican freshman U.S. Rep. Andy Barr of Lexington.

Jensen announced the rest of her consulting team on Wednesday that includes several who have worked for Kentucky Democrats before.

Among them are:

  • Celinda Lake and Daniel Gottoff of Lake Research Partners, a firm that has worked for U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville as well as the 2003 attorney general campaign of Greg Stumbo, who is now the House Speaker, and former state Auditor Crit Luallen.
  • Grindstone Research LLP to do research and strategy. That team includes Matt Bricken, Greg Talmage and Carol Andrews. Andrews served as communications director for the 2007 primary campaign for governor of then-state Treasurer Jonathan Miller.
  • Laura D’Angelo, a Lexington lawyer at the firm Dinsmore, will serve as campaign treasurer.

Jensen already has scheduled a July 8 fundraiser hosted by Tracy and Carol Farmer.


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