Another campaign for Conway

Jessica M. Karmasek Jan. 24, 2011, 1:00pm


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) - Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced last week he filed his papers with the Secretary of State's Office to seek re-election this year.

In a Friday entry on his "Track Jack" blog, he wrote that he is "very much looking forward" to talking with voters about his record of "standing up for Kentucky families."

He goes on to cite his accomplishments, including the creation of a "nationally-recognized" Cybercrimes Unit. The unit, Conway touted, has taken almost 200,000 child porn images off of the Internet.

Conway also pointed to the creation of the state's first prescription drug task force and its Medicare fraud collections -- which are up more than 600 percent, he said.

"We stood up to companies that gouged consumers and we saved ratepayers over $250 million in proposed utility rate increases," he wrote on his blog.

Conway does not have a Democratic opponent for the seat at this time. However, he may face Hopkins County Attorney Todd P'Pool, who has already filed as a GOP candidate in the race.

The filing deadline is 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Conway previously ran for Kentucky's U.S. Senate seat, which was held by Republican Sen. Jim Bunning. Bunning retired the seat.

Republican Rand Paul defeated Conway in November, but the race for Bunning's seat was a bitter one.

Paul, the son of famously libertarian U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, had attacked Conway for an ad criticizing his alleged college antics and questioning his religious faith.

Paul, following one debate with Conway, went as far as refusing to shake his opponent's hand.

But it seems the heated race hasn't deterred Conway for running for office again.

The Democrat said is he proud of what he and his staff have accomplished in the past three years. In his blog post, he said he will continue to fight "the scourge of drugs" and will work with other agencies to redouble the state's efforts to combat methamphetamine abuse. He also said he is "extremely concerned" about consumer abuses in the for-profit college industry.

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