Stivers eliminates running for attorney general, guesses he will run for Senate President again

06/09/2014 07:35 AM

Senate President Robert Stivers responded to questions about running for statewide office — as attorney general or lieutenant governor candidate, for instance — with a series of definitive nos.

But he was less declarative in the interview last week about his plans for running for a second term as Senate president during the legislative leadership elections at the end of this year.

“I guess I will. I think that’s a fair assessment,” he said. Then he added, “It’s not what’s cracked up to be, I’ll tell you that.”

Find out why at 1:00 of the video.

As for having “no” interest in running for attorney general or in the governor’s race, Stivers said that he has had to take a number of tough votes that could provide fodder to opponents even if they were “probably the right” votes to make.

“I think I’m a realist,” he said.

Meanwhile, Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo is still keeping his name in the conversation about the race for the Democratic nomination for governor next year.

One of Stumbo’s fellow leaders, House Caucus Chairman Sannie Overly, already is in that race as the lieutenant governor candidate with Attorney General Jack Conway.

Stumbo wouldn’t say whether he thought she should step down from the leadership position while she’s running in next May’s primary.

“That’s her choice,” Stumbo said. Watch the video to see if Stumbo believes she can balance both:


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