Rep. Rocky Adkins downplays rumblings that he'll challenge Gov. Beshear

08/09/2010 07:32 PM

(WITH VIDEO) Rep. Rocky Adkins, a Sandy Hook Democrat, said despite receiving “encouragement” to run for governor next year, he’s unlikely to challenge Gov. Steve Beshear in a Democratic primary.

He didn’t unequivocally rule it out. But he made it clear that it was not a “priority.”

Some House Democratic colleagues also said they didn’t think Adkins would run, contrary to some rumblings in Frankfort. Here’s cn|2 Politics’ video report:

In addition to Coursey, Rep. John Will Stacy — the Democratic House whip from West Liberty, also said he didn’t expect Adkins to launch a primary campaign against Beshear, who is seeking re-election with Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson as his runningmate.

“I’d prefer if he’d stay where he is. He does a good job,” Stacy said of Adkins, who represent adjacent districts.

- Reporting by Kenny Colston and Ryan Alessi, video recorded by Holly Thompson and Don Weber and edited by Kenny Colston and Holly Thompson

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