We have had a long tumultuous history with Jack Conway, we know what he is all about. On the flip side Matt Bevin is still largely unknown other than a name, a desperate attempt by the state GOP to capitalize on his brief fame running against Mitch McConnell for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate last year. I thought it was a weak move out of the gate for many in the state GOP to cut the throat of their former rising star James Comer (and you did cut his throat) while secretly backing Bevin. They set their party back years by killing Comer in his cradle.
Bevin has failed to impress us in the least, all Bevin had to do was to show how he would change the Commonwealth for the better, instead all we got was a strange rendition of a scripted GOP/Tea Party candidate. The war within the GOP coupled with our third party candidate, who weakened the GOP candidate by at least 4%, equals doom for the GOP this election cycle.
Jack Conway has been a mostly silent Attorney General and we should expect him to be a mostly silent Governor. Our best hope is he chooses to walk the line of his predecessor, Steven Beshear, and simply strives to maintain the status quo in Frankfort. Beshear made a few legendary political moves during his tenure such as conning former Republican State Senate President David William out of the senate and into a Judges robe. If Conway can establish the same political mood in Frankfort, or at least maintain it, then a cordial, non embarrassing, 1st term should be at hand.
We enter into this endorsement understanding that Conway will not be an exciting governor, he will not be a charismatic governor, he will in fact be a dull mostly boring governor and maybe that is exactly what the Commonwealth needs.
We have all heard the political term "the lesser of two evils" well this is not the case with this endorsement. We feel Conway is clearly the better choice for Kentucky simply because he has been there. It may pain some of our more loyal readers to realize that in this cycle we do not need a new dangerous boat captain maneuvering within the maelstrom of Frankfort politics, we need a tug driver and Conway is just that; a tug driver.