Monday, August 17, 2015
Checking in on Bevin v. Conway
Louisvillians who attended Friday's GLI lunch are still talking about Matt Bevin's stellar performance. Some have said that Bevin is the best extemporaneous speaker they have ever seen.
Bevin contends that if elected, he will be the first Kentucky governor in a generation who is not beholden to anyone. That seems to imply that Bevin is willing to write a significant check to self-fund his campaign. (He is said to be worth $38 million, $30 million of which is said to be liquid). This explains the curious lack of direct mail solicitations and invitations to Bevin fundraisers.
In addition, the Republican Governors' Association has the opportunity to play a big role in this race given the dearth of off-cycle elections.
That opens up fund-raising possibilites for the down-ticket candidates, who have been quick to seize that opportunity.
At this point, it feels like the race is essentially a toss-up. Bevin could not have asked for a more ideal opponent than Jack Conway. For some reason, the longer that Conway is in the public eye, the more detestable he becomes. He just doesn't wear well. It's like his expiration date is almost up. Perhaps Conway really hasn't liked being Attorney General or really doesn't like to campaign.
Given the political environment at this point, I'd give the edge to Bevin.