Mongiardo: Democrats who announce for governor before Nov. 2014 'should be discredited'

07/31/2013 08:30 AM

Former Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo said there should essentially be a 15-month moratorium on candidates emerging for the governor’s race so that Democrats can focus their money and attention on the U.S. Senate race.

Mongiardo, a Hazard physician who ran for U.S. Senate in 2004 and in the Democratic primary in 2010, said he “will do whatever” Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes asks of him in her bid to unseat five-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Democrats who have plans of their own for future elections — Mongiardo included — should hold off until after the Senate race is over, Mongiardo said.

“Anybody that is announcing for governor in the next 15-months should be discounted by all leaders across this state…as being self serving. This is the most important race in this state and the most important race in this country for the next 15-months. And anybody else who says I’m running for governor give me your support should be discredited,” Mongiardo told Pure Politics Tuesday.

A substantial list of possible Democrats are being mentioned for the 2015 gubernatorial contest including: Attorney General Jack Conway, Auditor Adam Edelen, former Auditor Crit Luallen, Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, former Congressman Ben Chandler and Lexington banker Luther Deaton.

Mongiardo was in Lexington on Tuesday at the kick off for Grimes’ 2014 Senate bid and said he think the race is hers to win.

“I know people across the country think it’s (McConnell’s) to lose. I think it’s Alison’s to win,” Mongiardo said.

He said he expects McConnell will unleash $30 million in negative attack ads against Grimes but that she can withstand it.

“She’s strong enough. She doesn’t have the baggage – doesn’t have the background,” Mongiardo said. “If she keeps her message straight then she’s going to win this race.”

For more of the interview with Mongiardo watch the video below:

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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