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Kentucky AG says it is keeping options open for 2023 election

Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron indicated on Sunday that he is keeping his options open for Kentucky’s 2023 election, adding more mystery to the evolving GOP contest to challenge Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear.

In an interview aired on WKYT-TV’s Kentucky Newsmakers program, Cameron didn’t rule out a run for governor next year, saying he’s looking at “everything that’s on the table.”

The revelation that comes at the end of an extended interview has the potential to further advance the field of declared and potential candidates to support GOP voters and donors.

Cameron, a former legal counsel to US Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, was elected as Kentucky’s first black attorney general in 2019. As a rising GOP star, Cameron landed a speaking slot at the 2020 Republican National Convention. He will be seen as a top-tier candidate if he enters what could become the congested 2023 primary for governor.

During a TV interview, program host Bill Bryant asked Cameron if he plans to take a second term as attorney general next year. Cameron replied that he intended to appear on the ballot, adding that he was in talks with his wife about “what it looks like for us”. Cameron said that he and his wife have a child at home.

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Noting that Cameron didn’t mention AG’s race, Bryant asked if he was considering running for governor.

“Well, we’re looking at everything that’s on the table,” replied Cameron. “Obviously it’s been a great honor to be in this office and (I’m) grateful for the opportunity to serve Kentuckians in AG’s office. But we’re watching and seeing what may ultimately happen.” “

While much of his tenure has been marred by the pandemic and fighting with the GOP-led legislature, Beshear points to strong economic growth gains — fueled by Ford’s selection of Kentucky to produce batteries for its next generation of electric vehicles. To make twin plants.

Beshear remains popular, but he could attract plenty of potential Republican opponents. GOP state auditor Mike Harmon entered the race last year. Other prominent Republican views in the bid include former UN ambassador Kelly Craft, state agriculture commissioner Ryan Quarles, state Sen. Max Wise and state representative Savannah Maddox.

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If Cameron enters the gubernatorial race, it would create a wide-open GOP contest for attorney general in Republican-trending Kentucky.

Cameron has burned his conservative credentials as attorney general, successfully challenging Beshear’s COVID-19-related sanctions and a U.S. Supreme Court decision to continue defending state law aimed at restricting abortions. has won.

Cameron also drew criticism for the police’s handling of the investigation into the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor in 2020. His death and the killing of George Floyd sparked nationwide racial justice protests. Cameron publicly said The decision to not charge any police officers for Taylor’s death was “ultimately” in the hands of the grand jury. But three jurors on the panel later said Cameron’s team had limited their scope and misled them about what charges they were allowed to consider.

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