Tilley approached as running mate in 2015; Still considering run for attorney general

08/25/2013 03:27 PM

Democratic Rep. John Tilley of Hopkinsville said he will soon be making up his mind about running for attorney general in 2015 when Jack Conway finishes his second and final term in the job.

But Tilley also has been approached about joining a Democratic ticket as lieutenant governor candidate in the 2015 race.

Tilley first confirmed to Pure Politics that he was considering a run for attorney general in August of 2012 . After serving since 2007 and chairing the House Judiciary Committee he feels “uniquely qualified” for the post.

“It’s been something that I’ve been interested in for some time as a former prosecutor and now serving four terms in this House and chair of the Judiciary Committee and I think I’m uniquely qualified in position to make a run,” Tilley said. “I’m still in the race, have not made an official announcement still want to make sure my three girls and my wife and family are comfortable with it. At this point I am still in.”

Tilley said that he would make a decision on that race “pretty soon.” But his decision will depend on whether he wants to join up with another Democrat to run as a slate. He won’t say which Democrat has approached him.

“I have been approached,” Tilley said. “I’ve had some discussions that I’d probably rather keep to myself – at least at the request of those who have approached me. But I have been (approached) more than once and they’ve been good discussions and I continue to listen.”

Among the Democrats currently considering a gubernatorial run in 2015 are: Attorney General Jack Conway, Auditor Adam Edelen, former Auditor Crit Luallen, and former Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo.

Conway recently said he has concerns about a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline . Chief among those concerns is whether or not the company could acquire land in Kentucky through eminent domain.

For Tilley he agreed that the question of eminent domain should be the “central issue whether or not there is a public service or a public use” for the proposed pipeline.


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