There is virtually no discussion; Jack Conway is a thing of the past, Adam Edelen is a lame duck, Crit Luallen isn't going to run or the chatter would've already been heard, Governor Steve Beshear will soon be put out to pasture and Allision Lundergan Grimes might as forget about it, 3 years in a row on a statewide ballot all but ensures defeat. Only Greg Stumbo could cause a slight stink, but only a small one, in the wind as they say.
Daniel Mongiardo could have challenged Jack Conway this year but he made the wise choice and stayed on the sidelines. He was smart enough to understand the Republican Revolution of 2014 U.S. Senate and House races were only in the early stages and that this GOP surge would continue into the 2015 races for statewide office. Well, his advisers were correct and the surge did continue but this surge will peter out in 2016, it's a Presidential election year and it's a whole different ballgame. Rand Paul will be embarrassing Kentuckians wherever he may roam, he will be running, or least it appears he will be, for both President and U.S. Senate, even though state law forbids it.
If the leftovers at the Kentucky Democratic Party really care about rebuilding our party they will be gauging Mongiardo's chances early. They cannot, according to party bylaws, interfere or endorse during a primary. However, if Mongiardo happens to run unopposed, and yes that is certainly a possibility, then the party could go all in for Dr. Dan. Yes, that is far-fetched considering the history involved but it is possible. We just entered the month of November and party activists cannot rest on their laurels, they must start prepping for 2016 now.
There is no other viable candidate anywhere on the horizon, Dr. Daniel Mongiardo is the only chance we have in 2016. I know some will question my logic for a Democratic Party victory in 2016. Some will say Hillary is a candidate killer, that her coattails are made up of venomous thorns and fangs. Hillary may not matter as Kentuckians will focus their ire toward the sawed-off Texan Rand Paul and his ridiculous posturing.
The GOP will not be all in for Paul either as the crowded field for the GOP nomination for President will surely create multiple fractures and fissures. So on the surface, without any hard data, the stage is set for a Moderate Democratic candidate to swoop in a grab this U.S. Senate seat. A Progressive would get annihilated, a Left of Center Liberal would be crushed. Only a Moderate candidate will do and everyone knows it.
And I have no idea what he will do or not do, I have not asked Mongiardo the question(s)......yet