Mongiardo believes his background in medicine makes him a good fit for executive branch

05/23/2013 05:28 PM

Former Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, a physician, said the U.S. Senate is’t the right elected office for him because he believes he can make more of a difference from an executive position, which has him considering the 2015 governor’s race.

“I’m a surgeon, I want to make a diagnosis and fix this as soon as possible and move on to the next problem,” Mongiardo said (at 3:30).

The former lieutenant governor said he has kept in touch with Kentuckians across the state so if he does decide to run he would just have to re-establish himself as a politician.

Mongiardo ran for U.S. Senate in 2004 and in the Democratic primary in 2010. And he has been supportive of current Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes challenging Senator McConnell.

“I think that she could win,” Mongiardo said (at :45). “She is a little bit young and she would have to be on her game against the best in the industry at attack and so she couldn’t make any mistakes but she has not shown that she is vulnerable to those types of mistakes so I think she could have a very strong chance.”

Mongiardo said the IRS scandals and other situations currently dogging the Obama administration would be used by McConnell in the 2014 election against whichever Democrat becomes that party’s nominee. But he said he does not believe it will be an effective argument against Democrats, in general.

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