GOP shying away from mayors race; Fischer poll shows wide approval


by Joe Arnold

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 28 at 10:00 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Four years ago, Greg Fischer was clawing his way through a crowded Democratic field toward a narrow victory over Republican Hal Heiner in the Louisville mayor's race.

Fast forward to 2014, and no one has filed to run against Fischer (D) for mayor.  The filing deadline is 4:00 p.m. Tuesday.

"Early on, there were some folks who expressed some interest," said Nathan Haney, Jefferson County Republican Party Chairman.  "But here lately we've had some trouble trying to find someone to run against him."

"And we don't want to push someone to run who's not passionate about it and willing to put the effort and time in," Haney continued.

An internal Fischer Campaign poll indicates it would take a lot of time, effort and money to unseat Fischer.
                                                  Mayor Greg Fischer
                                                   Job performance
                                                    Excellent  20%
                                                     Good       51%
                                                     Fair         20%
                                                     Poor          4%

This memo is based on a city-wide survey of 400 registered voters in Louisville, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, from December 11-15, 2013.  The survey is subject to a margin of error of +- 4.9 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence interval.  The margin of error among subgroups is higher.

"This is my first office that I've held so its the first time that the public has really been able to grade us on how we are doing," Fischer told WHAS11, "so we feel like we're doing what the people want to see happen in Louisville.  We're growing.   We've regained the jobs.  They know that we're serious about what were doing and we've got good plans ahead."

"They've had three years to judge how our team's doing and responded very positively," Fischer added.

The polling memo says even 66 percent of Republicans gave Fisher positive marks.

"Certainly he doesn't have an anchor or a cloud of problems," Haney said of the Republican support.  "He's not been far, far left, certainly I think that's the case."

"People tell us they think we are taking care of business in a very non-partisan way," Fischer said.  "And that's what the mayor of a city should do.  I'm gratified that everybody sees it that way .  We've got a lot more work to do and we intend to do it."

71 percent of poll respondents think Louisville is going in the right direction, compared to just 21 percent who believe things are on the wrong track.