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Sat December 1, 2012
Daniel Mongiardo Mulling 2015 Gubernatorial Bid
Former Kentucky Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo is considering a run for governor in 2015.
Mongiardo is among several Democrats—including current Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, Attorney Jack Conway and former State Auditor Crit Luallen—who are rumored to be running in three years.
The Hazard, Ky. physician exited public life two years after two failed bids for the U.S. Senate and being dropped by Governor Steve Beshear as his running mate for re-election.
But as the Lexington Herald-Leader's Jack Brammer reports, Mongiardo is searching for a entry point back into Frankfort politics.
From The Herald-Leader:
Mongiardo said Friday he is enjoying his life as an ear, nose and throat surgeon in Hazard with his wife and two children. "Stepping out of politics for a while has given me the perspective of what many people not in politics see," he said. "People are frustrated with the lack of progress and compromise in government."
He said he was not directing his remarks at any individual but at both major political parties.
"I'm frustrated with government and might be looking at what I could do to change it," he said.
Mongiardo hinted that Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes would be a suitable running mate. Grimes's office could not be reached for comment.