Still looking at announcing his 2015 intentions this spring, Conway says Ky. should change candidate law

03/19/2014 09:15 AM

Attorney General Jack Conway said that as he’s considered running for governor next year, he’s decided Kentucky needs to change the system that requires gubernatorial candidates to find running mates before they can campaign.

Conway endorsed, in concept, a bill that has been offered by Republican Rep. Mike Harmon, R-Danville, that would allow candidates to choose their running mates after the primary elections. That measure failed to get out of a House committee earlier this year.

Conway said he believes candidates need a year-and-a-half of fundraising to run a successful campaign, so he plans to announce whether he’ll run this spring.

The term-limited attorney general said there is a “good chance” he will get into the race and that he will announce with a running mate.

“And I think I would be in a good position to win the nomination because having run statewide three times, people know who I am, they know my background, I think I have a strong name in Democratic politics,” Conway said.

Conway didn’t give any hints about who is on his short-list of names for running mates. But he said he is looking for someone who is a real partner, not just a figurehead.

Conway acknowledged that he is considering people with government and business backgrounds.

As for the chances of that person being former state auditor and longtime Conway ally Crit Luallen, Conway said “never say never” but that the two have agreed to keep their conversations private.

“I think our friendship is too important,” Conway said (at 3:40). “She’s someone who has been very important in Kentucky public service for a long time and I respect her immensely.”


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