With U.S. Senate race decided, former Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo is on the clock to decide on gubernatorial run

11/10/2014 05:55 PM

Former Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo has always considered himself an outsider in Kentucky politics, but that hasn’t stopped him from considering a run for governor on the Democratic ticket.

Since he left Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration, Mongiardo has kept himself busy with his medical practice in Hazard, London and Lexington as well as a growing family as he and his wife, Allison, recently had their third child.

The former state senator and two-time U.S. Senate candidate sat down with Pure Politics in early October to discuss his potential entry in the gubernatorial primary field, and he laid out his vision for the state and why next year’s election represents a battle for the soul of the Kentucky Democratic Party.

Mongiardo conceded that fundraising has hampered his previous statewide runs, but he said should he decide to run for governor, he will have enough in his campaign coffers to win a contested primary and general election.

He also took a swipe at Attorney General Jack Conway, the lone Democratic entrant in the 2015 race and the man he lost to by less than 1 percent in the 2010 U.S. Senate primary.

“One thing that the public, especially Democrats in this state, understand is we don’t want to go back and have the same thing happen that we had the last time that Jack Conway and I faced each other,” Mongiardo said. “He won the primary and had no chance in the general, and we don’t need that as Democrats, we don’t need that as Kentuckians, we don’t need that in politics.”

Here’s our look at Mongiardo as he mulls a run for the Governor’s Mansion:

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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