Taking a shot at Rand Paul, Edelen says he's only going to run for one office at a time

09/01/2014 09:10 AM

After making the decision not to run for governor in 2015 state Auditor Adam Edelen is gearing up for a re-election bid for a second term in the office and he says “whatever happens after that happens.”

Edelen has made no bones about one day wanting to be governor of Kentucky, but his name has also been included on the short list of potential Democrats to run for U.S. Senate in 2016.

While taking a jab at U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, who is openly laying the groundwork for a possible run for the White House in 2016 and re-election to the U.S. Senate in Kentucky, Edelen said it’s too early to decide.

“It’s just not my style to run for two offices at once. I know there are other people out there who are doing this — namely our junior U.S. Senator, and more power to him — but I’m just different kind of leader,” Edelen said. “I love the job I have. We have taken it in a significantly reformist direction and I look forward to asking the people for a mandate to continue that work.”

Edelen said he is asked often about his future political aspirations, but he says his only plans are on bettering Kentucky and by doing that he said, other opportunities may arise.

“I’m 39 years old and I’d like to think I have some good years in front of me…people say to me Adam, ‘what’s the plan – I know you have a plan.’ I actually don’t — my plan is to continue trying to solve big problems in Kentucky,” Edelen said. “I think by doing that other opportunities might come up, but if they don’t I’m good with that too.”

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has also been mentioned as a possible candidate for U.S. Senate in 2016.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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