LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Saying he wants to spend more time with his family, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today he will not be a candidate for Attorney General next year.
Grayson, a Republican, lost a bid for his party's nomination for the U.S. Senate this year to Tea Party favorite Rand Paul. He is completing his second term as Secretary of State and is not eligible to run for that office in 2011.
Many expected Grayson to challenge Jack Conway for Attorney General. Conway now holds the office. He lost to Rand Paul in the November general election for U.S. Senate. Conway announced last week he would seek re-election as Attorney General.
Grayson said in a statement released Wednesday morning, that he realized he wanted to spend more time with his family the day he attended the Republican State Central Committee meeting, saying in order to "attend the meeting I had to miss my youngest daughter Kate's first-ever basketball game. As the girls have grown older, these conflicts are becoming more and more common and more difficult to address."
While discussing a possible run with state party officials Grayson said he "couldn't shake the feeling that I wouldn't be able to reconcile my desire to have more family time with another grueling, statewide campaign."
Grayson said while he has decided to not run for Attorney General next year, he is keeping his political options open. "I am not ruling out a campaign in future years," he said.
Currently no one has filed the necessary paperwork to official enter the race for Attorney General.
When Conway won the office in 2007, he defeated Republican lawmaker Stan Lee of Lexington. Lee's name had been mentioned as a possible candidate should Grayson decide not to run.
Another name mentioned is Republican Rob Sanders, Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney. When contacted Wednesday morning about the possibility of seeking the nomination, Sanders told WAVE 3 he had just learned that Grayson was not running and had not had time to make a decision.
"Up until Trey Grayson announced he was not running, I had no reason to consider running," Sanders said. When asked how soon he would make a decision, he said "anyone who is going to consider running for a statewide office needs to make a decision before Christmas."