FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie won't run for governor in 2015, saying that he has decided to keep his full attention on his congressional work.
Guthrie had been one of a few GOP leaders being bandied about as potential gubernatorial candidates.
"I went to Washington to solve big problems and to leave a better America behind for the next generation," he said in a statement Tuesday. "I've spent every day doing that, and I feel that my time and energy is best spent on solving the big financial and economic problems we face as a nation."
Several big names remain as potential GOP candidates, including Louisville businessman Phil Moffett, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, Standford banker Jess Correll and former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner.
Guthrie, a Bowling Green resident who has served the 2nd District since 2009, reported Tuesday that he has raised more than $372,000 since April for his re-election bid next year, increasing his cash on hand to more than $1.1 million.
Guthrie said he was humbled by the number of people who urged him to run for governor, and he said he wished the remaining potential candidates well.
"My hope is that all of the gubernatorial candidates from both parties put forward bold platforms that actually move our state forward," he said. "Standing still is not an option in Washington or Frankfort if our people are to prosper and our children and grandchildren are to inherit the kinds of opportunities we all want for them."
In Kentucky, governors are limited to two terms, and Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear is in the middle of his second. Several potential Democratic candidates are eyeing the race, including Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, Attorney General Jack Conway, Auditor Adam Edelen, former Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo and former Auditor Crit Luallen.