Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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August 3, 2013

Trio gets early start on 2015 governor's race

FANCY FARM — There were three statewide constitutional officers speaking here Saturday who aren’t on next year’s ballot – but many believe they all want to be on the ballot in 2015.

Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, Democratic Auditor Adam Edelen and Republican Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer spent most of their Fancy Farm speeches touting their preferred 2014 U.S. Senate candidate – Alison Lundergan Grimes for the two Democrats and incumbent Mitch McConnell for Comer.

But all three are interested in the open seat 2015 governor’s race and Saturday was a chance for them to show off and polish their political wares.

Conway has had trouble here in the past – he misquoted a line from former Democratic U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford, substituting a profanity, something that haunted him in his own unsuccessful race for the Senate seat now held by Republican Rand Paul.

This year Conway touted his record as attorney general, something he was expected to do because that’s the record on which he will run for governor if he decides to make that race. But he also turned his attention toward McConnell as well.

He asked what McConnell has done for Kentucky and said McConnell’s chief priority “is keeping his job rather than worry about your job.”

He said if Kentucky voters are tired “of all the bickering, if you’re sick of all the partisanship, then you must vote for Alison Lundergan Grimes.”

Edelen is comfortable on the stump and he fired off his own lines about McConnell, using most of his time to promote Grimes’ candidacy.

He said the 2014 race is “about whether you’re going to support a candidate of the people, for the people and by the people or a party for the few and by the few and not about you.”

Edelen noted one of McConnell’s arguments is his position as Minority Leader and the power and influence wielded in Washington by a Kentucky Senator.

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