Dispeling rumors to the contrary, former Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan tells WHAS11 News that he is not endorsing anyone in the 2011 Kentucky gubernatorial election, has no connection to any campaign and will not be involved with the fundraising of any of the campaigns.
Instead, the Inez, Kentucky banker said he is focusing on retiring the Republican National Committee's $20 million debt and working with the American Crossroads GPS political action committee toward the election of a Republican president in 2012.
Calling himself the "RNC man from Kentucky," Duncan said the GOP nominee in the bluegrass will "need a strong national party" to help in the Kentucky governor's race.
Asked about his contact with Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw, who plans to file for the governor's race on Tuesday, Duncan said he and Holsclaw spoke as she considered who to ask to join her on the ticket.
Though Duncan would not say whether he encouraged Holsclaw to run instead for Secretary of State, he acknowledged that he asked about other possible offices for Holsclaw. Duncan said he goes through a checklist of questions with anyone who asks for his advice.
Duncan said it is likely that Senate President David Williams has the inside track on the Republican nomination.
"I am not involved enough to know," Duncan said. "I assume David Williams and (running mate) Richie Farmer have the lead. No one understands state government better than David Williams."
Yet, Duncan added that he has "good things to say about all three" candidates, including Tea Party hopeful Phil Moffett.
"Phil believes in ideals," Duncan said.