Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron appears to be keeping his options open for Kentucky’s elections next year. Cameron fueled speculations when he spoke about his future during an interview on WKYT-TV’s Kentucky Newsmakers program.
The attorney general, who has been rumored to be a possible challenger to Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear, was asked if he plans to seek a second term as attorney general next year. Cameron then said he intends to be on the ballot. He also said he’s having conversations with his wife about “what that looks like for us.”
“We’re looking at everything that’s on the table. Obviously being in this office has been a great honor and [I] have been grateful for the opportunity to serve Kentuckians in the AG’s office,” he said. “But we’re looking and seeing what ultimately can happen.”
Cameron was elected as Kentucky’s first Black attorney general in 2019, WHAS11 reports. He previously served as legal counsel to U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.
In the latest interview with WKYT, the attorney general reaffirmed his stance on several key issues. In regard to abortion, Cameron said he is “100% pro-life.”
“I believe fully in the responsibility to protect lives,” he said. “In our office, we’re gonna do everything we can to stand up and defend life.”
The Republican official also spoke about his views on marijuana legislation. While saying he sympathizes with people who have certain medical conditions, Cameron also said marijuana can pose challenges for law enforcement officials who are trying to get drugs off the streets.
“The concerns that have been raised by law enforcement, related to putting another potential drug in the market that could be diverted and used for unintended purposes is really challenging,” he said.
The 36-year-old politician faced nationwide scrutiny when he decided not to charge the officers who were involved in the death of Breonna Taylor in 2020.