Some may be rolling their eyes at the intense focus on the 2012 election cycle even before the 2010 midterms were settled. But here comes what may be the first story about the 2014 cycle.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, elected to his fifth term in the chamber just two years ago, tells Politico that there is no doubt he will seek re-election in 2014.
ďIím not planning on running ó I am running,Ē he said. ďIíve never been someone who has started late or who agonized publicly over whether I was going to run. I feel like Iím at the top of my game, at my peak effectiveness and I certainly am going to run again in 2014.Ē
Politico reported that the 68-year-old Kentucky Republican, who has listed knocking off President Barack Obama in 2012 among his top priorities, is hiring key staffers and beginning to build a war chest for his own re-election bid. The Senateís top Republican has shown an ability to generate large sums of money when necessary ó he raised more than $16 million in 2008 alone ó but reported just $668,000 in his campaign account at the end of September.
Weíre tempted to speculate about potential 2014 opponents, but the Democratsí bench in Kentucky isnít particularly strong. Democrats occupy just two of the Bluegrass Stateís six House seats ó Reps. John Yarmuth and Ben Chandler. Itís worth noting that Democratic Gov. Steve Beshearís first term expires in 2012.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.