Monday, June 11, 2007

Courier-Journal: Larry Forgy Leaves Door Open To Challenge Mitch McConnell

A huge development this morning in the 2008 Senate race: Larry Forgy once left the door open for a 2008 Senate campaign and implied that he could mount a successful challenge to the Louisville liberal Mitch McConnell for the Republican nomination:

A Web site urging former Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Forgy to challenge U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in the 2008 primary popped up about a week before last month's gubernatorial primary.

The site,, criticizes McConnell on everything from his position on immigration policy to his two-year silence on whether Gov. Ernie Fletcher should be nominated for a second term. McConnell finally backed Fletcher on election night, after it was clear the governor had won the primary...

n a recent interview, Forgy stopped short of saying he wouldn't run. But he said he believes that McConnell will help Fletcher's re-election effort. And if he does, Forgy said, McConnell shouldn't expect a challenger next May.

But Forgy points out that in 1991 he ran a strong race in the gubernatorial primary against then-U.S. Rep. Larry Hopkins on the cheap -- implying he could be a threat if he challenged the Senate minority leader.