Moffett Keeps Door Open on 2015 Governor Run
In a recent interview with Ryan Alessi, former Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Moffett declined to close the door on a 2015 bid for the Governors office.
Moffett discussed that win (0:20 and again at 9:30 of the video). And he answered questions about his own future after supporters chanted "2015, 2015" when Moffett took the stage last Tuesday to introduce Massie at the primary victory party. Moffett said he's looking at another bid for governor.
"That's a long way away. I'm still considering it. And I'm open to the idea," Moffett said. "But 2015 seems 10 years from now ... I'm not ready to commit that I'm getting in the race. There's a lot of things that has to happen between now and then."
Many in the liberty movement and Tea Party scold Republicans for not rallying around Moffett in 2011, dreaming that he would have been a better chance to beat Steve Beshear than the Williams-Farmer ticket. While it is possible to argue that the Moffett-Harmon ticket would have been "better", such a ticket would not have been able to even match the $1.1 million Williams raised, which was dwarfed by the Beshear-Abramson pot that exceeded $7 million.
For his part, Mr. Moffett has learned from the experience.
"I faced that same issue when I ran last year. And that is they had never run for office before. Getting to understand that process and raise money and become a formidable candidate, that's something you have to learn over time," he said.
2015 is a long way off, and we should also remember that he filed for the Kentucky House of Representatives while the unconstitutional redistricting maps existed. Moffett's next opportunity to run will come before the Governor's race in 2014 for the General Assembly.