Luallen advised Grimes to run for U.S. Senate; Still talking with Conway to 'settle' governor's race question

04/28/2013 08:25 PM

The tone in Frankfort in 2013 was “encouraging” enough to give further fuel to former Kentucky Auditor Crit Luallen’s ongoing decision making process about seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in 2015, Luallen said.

But she indicated that she still needs to figure out two key questions: Can she make the most impact as governor? And how will it work out so that she and her protege, Attorney General Jack Conway, aren’t running against each other in the primary.

“We have talked frequently about this. We continue to talk with each other. I think there are others who would like to see some sort of conflict or division arise between the two of us, which is not going to happen. We’re going to settle this amicably as we both think through what our options are,” she said (starting at 5:00 of the interview).

She then explained what she meant by “settle this.”

“Neither one of us has made a final decision about exactly what we plan to do yet. I don’t see a scenario arising where we would run against each other,” she said. “I’m at a point in my career where I would only do this if I believe I really can make a difference in this state.”

That being said, Luallen added that she needs to make her decision without worrying “about who else may or may not run.”

Luallen started by answering questions about the 2014 U.S. Senate race and what advice she’s given to potential Democratic candidate, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

“My advice to her was I hope she runs,” Luallen said (1:40 in the interview).

Luallen also talked policy. Watch Pure Politics Monday night to see more of the interview.


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