Like clockwork, the act of running for political office in Kentucky is held to four actions around major public events. These events are: (1) Candidate announcing for office or “The Coming Out Party” (2) May Primary Elections (3) Fancy Farm and (4) November General Elections.
Millions of dollars will be raised and spent over the next two years to elect a Kentucky Governor. That race already has a lifespan of its own and the clock is ticking away on who does what to become the next Governor.
The tick, tick, ticking in the background are the sounds of Kentucky’s political landscape for 2014 and 2015 as listed below. Any major campaign should be aware of time rushing away.
Kentucky’s political landscape is defined in 2014 and 2015 by:
(1) 57 days to 2014 Fancy Farm
(2) 151 days to 2014 General Election
(3) 354 days to 2015 May Primary
(4) 448 days to Fancy Farm
(5) 515 days to November General Election in 2015.
If major statewide campaigns have not announced and are up to running a vision for the next Governor’s election by 2014 Fancy Farm, then they are dead in the water. That is the first really big hurdle.
With Mitch and Alison sucking out all the air in the room, it will be hard for a serious candidate for governor to cut through the noise unless they have a new concept for moving Kentucky forward.
So far, there has been no sign of that happening. How sad!