Fri December 14, 2012
Mayor Greg Fischer Mum on Re-Election
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer hasn’t made a decision on whether he’ll run for re-election in 2014.
Fischer is among the rumored Democrats to run for Kentucky's U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. A survey by the North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling showed Fischer trailing McConnell by 5 points in a head-to-head contest.
Earlier this month, a mayoral spokesman told WFPL Fischer would announce his decision on re-election in January.
But when asked if he intends to run for a second term, Fischer says he will make an official decision next summer.
"I love this job. I'm inclined to do that, but I haven't made a decision yet," he says. "I’ve got a great job here. There’s a lot of work to do, and I plan to do this and hopefully more in future. We get great feedback from people and we got a lot of work to do, and we got a great team too."
Fischer ran for Senate four years ago in the Democratic primary, but lost to Louisville businessman Bruce Lunsford.
PPP found that McConnell's job approval rating is a low 37 percent, but none of the Democrats polled beat Kentucky's senior Senator, including actress Ashley Judd and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
The survey shows Judd is the preference among Democratic primary voters with 29 percent saying she is their first pick. Fischer is ranked at the bottom of that list with only a five percent preference. In regards to their opinion of Louisville's mayor, only 22 percent of voters rate Fischer favorably and 64 percent said they are unsure.
Fischer was asked by reporters to comment on the GOP leader's job performance in Washington, but he pivoted to remark on the lack of bipartisan cooperation.
"When you see the overwhelming majority of people in this country, they want compromise in the middle, they want more revenue (and) they want less spending. And I would hope Sen. McConnell could be a leader in that regard," he says.
Fischer would not comment when asked if he would vote for McConnell in 2014, instead complimenting the reporter's shirt.