It was the worst kept secret in Frankfort. Everyone knew Governor Steve Beshear wanted Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson as his running mate when he seeks re-election in two years.
Beshear and Abramson held news conferences today in Frankfort and Louisville for the official announcement. Beshear said Abramson was his first and only choice.
Current Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo dropped off the ticket in order to seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in next year’s primary. Today’s announcement allows Governor Beshear to get an early jump on any potential challengers when it comes to raising money for his 2011 campaign.
Political insiders are already speculating that Abramson will use this race as a springboard for his own bid for Governor in 2015.
Beshear and Abramson are wasting little time hitting the campaign trial. They will spend Tuesday and Wednesday flying around the state to meet with voters. Here is the schedule:
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
10:15 a.m. Bowling Green Airport
1000 Woodhurst Drive
Bowling Green, Ky.
12:30 p.m. Barkley Regional Airport
2901 Fischer Road
2:30 p.m. Owensboro Airport
2200 Airport Road
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
10 a.m. Wendell H. Ford Airport
Regional Airport Road
11:45 a.m. Ashland Airport
501 Scott Street
1:30 p.m. Cincinnati-NKY Airport
2939 Terminal Drive
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