Former United States Attorney Russell Coleman is tossing his hat in the ring for Kentucky Attorney General now that current Attorney General Daniel Cameron is running for governor.
Coleman, who also served as U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s counsel in Washington D.C., announced his run on Thursday morning – the day after Cameron declared for governor in the GOP primary.
The former Western Kentucky prosecutor has evoked the name of President Trump in his announcement to statewide media, saying he will “Make America Safe Again” by targeting deadly drugs.
Coleman’s entrance into the race shows close coordination with Cameron, and an attempt to close out other potential Republican entrants into the open-seat primary election.
Kentucky Fried Politics was among the first to openly speculate and offer analysis on the chain of events of Cameron running for governor and Coleman running for attorney general in a report published April 21.
Disclosure: The author of this report formerly worked under USA Coleman at the Western District of Kentucky U.S. Attorney’s Office from mid-2018 until January of 2021. Coleman has not contacted the author about his run for elected office.