Monday, July 20, 2009

Louisville Mayoral Gossip

As has been rumored for weeks, Louisville Mayor for Life Jerry Abramson will run for Lieutenant Governor with Gov. Steve Beshear. Jerry's done a good job until recently, but his Teflon had developed some moth holes. He is smart to get out now.

His decision to try for a state-wide office unleashes all sorts of speculation about who will run for mayor. Former U.S. Senate candidate Greg Fischer has announced. He was underwhelming in the Democratic primary and to make things worse, in his most recent announcement, he uses "utilize" as a verb. (“I intend to utilize both my business and political experience in serving this city.") Maybe he can "grow the economy" while he's at it.

And what about poor Lieut. Gov. Dan Mongiardo? His quest for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate looks problematic in light of Attorney General Jack Conway's prolific fundraising and perfect hair. Soon Mongiardo won't even have a job as Lieut. Gov. to fall back on. Beshear, on the other hand, has traded up. Dr. Dan will be left to what -- practice medicine? Just in time for national health insurance.

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