Loose Ends: Yet another potential governor candidate? Plus, Conway's aides and a write-in

07/28/2010 02:33 PM

Republicans across the state are expressing interest in running for governor next year.

As cn|2 Politics has previously reported, Senate President David Williams and state Rep. Bill Farmer of Lexington are among those who say they’re strongly considering running for the nomination to take on Gov. Steve Beshear, who has yet to draw a Democratic opponent in that party’s primary. Meanwhile, a ticket managed by David Adams is expected to be announced Thursday as well.

In a round-up of prospective GOP candidates Tuesday, the Herald-Leader’s Jack Brammer also mentioned Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger as someone else “being mentioned.”

cn|2 Politics caught up with Rothenburger earlier this month and here’s what he had to say about his political aspirations in 2011:

Six degrees of separation for Conway’s campaign manager and new communications director

It’s all about connections in politics. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway’s campaign manager Jonathan Drobis and the new communications director, John Collins, have crossed paths before.

Collins comes from the campaign of Democratic Lt. Gov. Lee Fischer, who is running for the U.S. Senate. Fisher’s first campaign manager was Geri Prado, who was a deputy political director for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid. Drobis was a state director for Clinton. Collins was hired on while Prado was still campaign manager for Fisher (she has since moved on).

And both Drobis and Collins worked in New York City during the 2009 mayor’s race. Collins, who had been working in New York for years, left one public official to be the spokesman for New York 9th District U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, a Democrat mulling the mayoral race.

Meanwhile, Drobis, fresh off working for Clinton and later Barack Obama’s election efforts, latched on as deputy campaign manager with New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, the eventual Democratic nominee to take on Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent.

Meanwhile, like Drobis, Collins has racked up the political frequent flyer miles, according to a 2008 New York Daily News article, which described him as a “hardcore politico.”

Independent files in U.S. Senate race

Billy Ray Wilson, of London, has filed as a write-in candidate for this November’s U.S. Senate race, Jake Payne at Pageonekentucky reports.

Previously, Wilson ran as a Republican for the 5th Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers in 2002.

- Reporting by Kenny Colston with Ryan Alessi. Video produced by Holly Thompson

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