A powerful incumbent Republican U.S. Senator seems vulnerable in a state long ruled by Democrats and which still has a Democratic edge in registration.
But despite public polling which indicates 2014 might be the year when Democrats could take out Mitch McConnell, the Republican Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate, they can’t seem to find a viable candidate.
It wasn’t always that way.
There was a time when Kentucky Democratic governors would go out and find a candidate to run in such a race, guaranteeing that candidate party backing and fundraising help.
“Yes,” said former Gov. Julian Carroll, now a Democratic state senator. “I was one of those governors.”
Carroll said more recent governors had a more difficult time attending to party business because of the increased time demands of the office in the era of legislative independence which began under the administration of John Y. Brown and has continued since.
But the party may be paying a price.
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