Matt Jones will not run for Congress
11/23/2015 12:36 PM
UPDATED — Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones has opted out of a run for the 6th Dist. Congressional race in 2016 against incumbent U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington.
In a blog post, Jones said that he’s not ready to move on from his sports radio show just yet.
“I am extremely proud of what we have built here at KSR and the amazing opportunity I get to have as a part of it daily,” Jones wrote on his website. “Every day I get a chance to get up, work with friends I love and try to entertain thousands of people about a topic we all share. The reality is that as of now, I cannot say I am ready to completely give it up.”
While his attention remains on his University of Kentucky focused sports radio show, Jones said he has his eye on state politics.
“My interest and desire to enter into the political realm is strong and I do hope to at some point to be able to serve the public,” Jones wrote. “However the time is not right for me at this moment. I am not yet 100% ready to turn the page on this segment of my life and while I am not sure total immersion into the political world is what our Founding Fathers intended for public office holders, it unfortunately is a reality of our current system.”
Jones was highly recruited for the position by state and national Democrats who still see the potential to recapture the Congressional seat.
Barr won election to the seat in 2012 defeating then incumbent Democrat U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler with a pro-coal message.
In a statement, Barr said that he’s encouraged by the feedback he has received from individuals in the district.
“I am humbled by the overwhelming number of constituents, Republicans, Independents and Democrats alike, who regularly tell me they appreciate the job we’re doing and want us to continue to represent them in Washington,” Barr said. “I will continue to represent all of the people of the Sixth District as I work to advance policies to bring jobs and opportunities to hardworking families, cut wasteful spending, and to keep the American people safe.”
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