Phil Moffett considers 2015 run for governor, says tea party candidates learning to win

06/01/2012 08:17 AM

Phil Moffett said he’s open to running for a state legislative seat in 2014 or making another bid for governor in 2015 but isn’t interested in challenging U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in two years.

Moffett, who fell 10 points shy of defeated Sen. David Williams in last year’s GOP primary for governor, tasted victory last week after serving as campaign chairman for Thomas Massie, who became the Republican nominee for Congress in the 4th District.

Moffett discussed that win (0:20 and again at 9:30 of the video). And he answered questions about his own future after supporters chanted “2015, 2015” when Moffett took the stage last Tuesday to introduce Massie at the primary victory party. Moffett said he’s looking at another bid for governor.

“That’s a long way away. I’m still considering it. And I’m open to the idea,” Moffett said. “But 2015 seems 10 years from now … I’m not ready to commit that I’m getting in the race. There’s a lot of things that has to happen between now and then.” Find out what at 6:00 in the video.

But Moffett said he’s not interested in challenging McConnell in 2014 and is “not looking for an alternative to Senator McConnell.”

“I’ve just been more interested in state politics and local politics than federal politics. And I have no interest in running for federal office,” he said (7:45)

As for tea party candidates, last Tuesday’s primary brought a mixed bag. Massie received strong tea party support in his win. In addition Chris Hightower, a former staffer for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s 2010 run, won a GOP primary in the 16th state House District for the right to take on Democratic Rep. Martha Jane King. And Marilyn Parker defeated an incumbent Republican councilman in Louisville. Beyond them, a host of tea party-aligned candidates lost.

“I faced that same issue when I ran last year. And that is they had never run for office before. Getting to understand that process and raise money and become a formidable candidate, that’s something you have to learn over time,” he said. (4:00)

Moffett said tea party newcomers need to learn from establishment candidates’ fundraising and campaign organizations, calling it “political manufacturing.”

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at purepolitics@twcable.com or @mycn2 on Twitter.

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