FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP/WTVQ) – A Democratic candidate for governor in Kentucky says he has raised nearly $700,000 since starting his campaign.
Attorney General Andy Beshear is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in 2019. He announced his candidacy on July 9. Friday, Beshear said his campaign has raised $691,760 since then. That includes a $20,000 loan from Beshear. The campaign says it has $578,964 in cash available to spend.
Beshear hopes to challenge Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, who announced in August he will seek a second term in office.
Beshear could face several primary opponents, who have criticized him for starting his campaign too early and distracting voters from the midterm elections. Beshear says he and his running mate Jacqueline Coleman have supported Democratic candidates and local parties in 28 counties.
Not everyone was happy with Beshear’s announcement. House Minority Leader, Democrat Rocky Adkins, of Sandy Hook, who is a possible candidate for governor himself, says it’s a mistake for Beshear to be fundraising for himself right now because it takes money away from Democrats on the ballot next month.
This is Adkins’ full statement released late Friday afternoon:
“My strong objection remains the same as it was a month-and-a-half ago, when I called upon Steve and Andy Beshear to stop their fundraising efforts for a political campaign next year and join with me in winning back the Kentucky House and helping all other Democrats on the ballot this year. The Beshears’ fundraising tactics are hurting every local, state legislative and congressional Democratic candidate across Kentucky and could be the critical difference for many. I call on the Beshears to immediately cease all fundraising for a governor’s race, which happens next May, and focus on the next 31 days. This is a team effort, not an individual one.”