Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

December 5, 2012

Beshear won’t challenge McConnell in 2014 U.S. Senate race

By RONNIE ELLIS
CNHI

FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday ruled out any idea he might challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014 and said the state confronts “two big issues” in pension and tax reform.

But he said he’s not sure how – or really when – the state may be able to come to grips with either of those issues.

Beshear said he “has no intention to run for the senate – or any other office” when asked by a reporter if he’d consider running against McConnell in 2014. Beshear, who lost to McConnell in a 1996 Senate race, is in his second and final term as governor, which ends in 2015.

Beshear’s statement followed another question about whether he thought actress, activist and Kentucky native Ashley Judd would make a good challenger for McConnell.

He said he knows and likes Judd but doesn’t “have any idea if she’ll run and I don’t know if she does at this point.”

Judd’s celebrity and statements that she might consider entering the political arena have drawn attention and stories from media both in Kentucky and Washington. McConnell, the leader of his party in the Senate, is a prime target for Democrats in 2014 but so far no Democrat has stepped forward to challenge him.

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