RPK chair eyes potential GOP candidates to run for AG and Secretary of State in 2019

08/07/2017 12:50 PM

BENTON – Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman J. McCauley “Mac” Brown believes that the so-called “Trump bandwagon” which resulted in the GOP winning 64 House seats in 2016 was more the result of Gov. Matt Bevin’s popularity which led to a Trump landslide in the bluegrass state during the 2016 presidential election.

Brown feels that growing conservative values of the state and the leadership of Bevin led to the GOP onslaught in 2016.

“People are tired of not seeing things happen, and quite frankly, that’s what the problem was in Frankfort, nothing was getting done,” Brown said. “If anything’s been proven, this Republican legislature, and this Republican governor, can get things done that can change their state.”

Brown is already exploring possible candidates in 2019 for the two constitutional offices held by Democrats, including Secretary of State.

“I’ve heard of a couple of people but I’m not necessarily going to mention their names, but a couple of people have come and started talking a little about it and asking what we thought and what their chances were,” Brown said. “Quite frankly, I think we will have a great slate for all of the constitutional officers. Obviously, some will be repeating.

Another office coveted by the GOP is Attorney General.

Sen. Whitney, Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, narrowly lost the 2015 battle to current Attorney General Andy Beshear, and Brown could see Westerfield vying to take another shot at Beshear.

“Whitney did a fabulous job,” Brown said. He did not have really very much money. I mean, he went up against $2 million that Andy Beshear had that his father collected for him. To only lose by 2,100 votes, that’s amazing.”


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