Facing no opposition in the primary, Republican candidate for attorney general Todd P’Pool raised more than $100,000 during a campaign fundraiser in Madisonville last Thursday.
Since announcing his candidacy, P’Pool, who serves as the Hopkins County Attorney, has caught the attention of political observers for his successful fundraising efforts thus far.
Compared to incumbent Attorney General Jack Conway, who is also running unopposed in the Democratic primary, P’Pool is ahead by an almost 3-to-1 margin. P’Pool has contributed a quarter million dollars from his own pocket to his campaign.
P’Pool campaign manager David Ray says the race won’t heat up until later this year, but they’re laying the groundwork early to give voters a clear distinction in the general election.
“Voters in Kentucky are ready for the chance to fire Jack Conway and Todd’s message is resonating all across the commonwealth. We’re receiving contributions and support and encouragement from every corner of the state literally from Paducah to Pikeville, and we’re very proud of that,” he says.
The event was headlined by U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who anointed P’Pool a rising star in the GOP while slamming Conway for not joining in opposing President Barack Obama’s health care plan.
Once the primary elections are over, the P’Pool campaign plans to make regulations passed in Washington over the past two years a key focus of the race, particularly coal industry oversight and health care reform.
“Currently there are 27 attorney’s general across the nation—on a bipartisan basis I might add—that have jointed this lawsuit to fight the constitutionally of Obamacare and our attorney general, Jack Conway, is sitting on the sidelines,” says Ray. “He refuses to join that fight and Todd P’Pool has pledged publicly that within his first month in office he will join that lawsuit and Kentucky will report for duty in the fight against Obamacare.”
Also in attendance was state Rep. Jim Gooch, D-Providence, chairman of the Natural Resources and Environment committee, who crossed party lines and contributed $200 to the P’Pool campaign.
The support from Gooch isn’t much of a surprise to most given the Democratic representatives previous comments about global warming, coal, succession from the Union and the Environmental Protection Agency.