Leading lobbyist Bob Babbage says that Democrats have work cut out in trying to recapture governor's office in 2019

01/10/2017 01:01 PM

ERLANGER – If Kentucky Democrats want to have a shot in the 2019 gubernatorial election to unseat Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, they better start getting a consensus on candidates as early as this year.

That’s the advice from former state auditor, secretary of state, and current leading lobbyist Bob Babbage, who admits that, in all likelihood, it will be a tall order for whoever challenges Bevin, if the governor seeks reelection as expected.

Babbage, who was attending a Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce forum in Erlanger, admits that whoever the Democratic nominee is in 2019 is he or she will have a huge uphill battle based on the current political climate in the state.

“It’s definitely a challenge for sure, given all of the dynamics, our congressional delegation, the Frankfort House and Senate, and the governors office,” Babbage said. “But, things change, people do run, and somebody will. Things will change over the next couple of years as there will be a measure of this administration, the House and the Senate based on the action that was taken last week and other priorities. This is the way that politics works.”


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