Possible GOP Secretary of State candidate Michael Adams says he will be "most qualified" candidate if he runs

10/22/2014 02:26 PM

Election lawyer and Republican insider Michael Adams made his case for a run for Secretary of State in 2015, but he said it’s current Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes who makes his case for running a top notch GOP candidate in 2015.

Adams has served as counsel for the Republican Governors Association as well as representing PACs, politicians, issue groups and political consultants with Dinsmore out of Washington D.C. and Louisville, Kentucky.

Saying he is “flattered” that his name is being raised in connection to a possible run for Secretary of State, Adams said he is the most qualified candidate for a race.

“With all humility I think the party needs find someone who is competent to do the job and is a credible candidate — someone who knows the subject matter,” Adams said. “Fortunately, I think I could say with a straight face that I’m probably the most qualified person to do a job like that because I am an election lawyer full time.”

“I’m the only person in private practice Kentucky who is a full time election lawyer. It is entirely what I do federal, state, local across the country so I know the subject matter — I think I’d be well qualified for it. It’s just a question of whether or not I’d want to do it or not.”

Making a point on finding qualified candidates for down ballot constitutional offices, Adams said current Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has been able to mount a strong campaign against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell for the Senate seat because the GOP dropped the ball in 2011.

“When you don’t fill these lower tier offices with strong candidates that can raise money and win you have a huge vulnerability and you create a pool of candidates — a bench essentially for the other side to be able to find people to run for larger office,” Adams said. “Certainly something I would be looking at if the party is looking for a candidate.”

Grimes, Adams said is freezing the potential field for Secretary of State as she challenges McConnell, because if she loses the contest she could seek reelection to her current post which would create a huge challenge.

“I don’t expect that Alison Grimes is going to be U.S. Senator next year, and if she runs for reelection it’s going to be hard to find anybody to run against an incumbent,” he said.

Former Erlanger city councilman Steve Knipper, a Republican was the first and so far only candidate to announce a run for the office.

Adams said while he does not have a lot of positives to say about Grimes there is one project he does agree with — online voter registration for deployed military, a program he says he’d like to expand.

“I think you can have sufficient security on that so you don’t have fraudulent registrations,” Adams said. “I’m not high on the notion of voting online like some states have.”

Hear what Adams had to say on the issue of campaign finance and advice he has for his political clients.


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