A spokeswoman for Attorney General Jack Conway said the resignations of three top aides over the past month shouldn’t be seen as a sign that the Louisville Democrat may be backing out of an re-election bid.
“Jack has said on several occasions that he intends to seek a second term as attorney general,” spokeswoman Allison Martin said this week.
Deputy Attorney General Dana Mayton, who has overseen dayto day operations of the office for the past three years, has accepted a position at the University of Louisville as senior associate vice president for governmental relations and special assistant to the president. Her resignation is effective in mid-January.
Assistant Deputy Attorney General Janet Graham resigned last week to become the City of Lexington’s law director. Assistant Deputy Attorney General Tad Thomas returned to private practice in Louisville in mid-December. Lisa Lang, a staff attorney who had replaced Thomas on an interim basis, also has resigned effective next week.
Conway said he wasn’t surprised that other employers wanted the staffers who he praised for “unparalleled and outstanding service.” He said he plans to announce replacements in coming days.
“When the people of Kentucky elected me as their attorney general, I set out to assemble the best team in state government,” Conway said. “I accomplished that goal. When you hire talented people, you know that other opportunities will be available to those employees in the future.”
Conway told The Associated Press last month that he intends to seek re-election despite speculation to the contrary. So far, he has no opposition in the Democratic primary. He is coming off a highprofi le race for U.S. Senate, and, although he lost to Republican Rand Paul, Conway brings strong name recognition into the race.
Madisonville lawyer Todd P’Pool, a Republican, has entered the race, putting up $250,000 of his own money to help finance his run. And former Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph Lambert, also a Republican, said he is considering running for the job.