Dem Senate candidate won’t commit to supporting Reid as leader

Kentucky’s Democratic Senate candidate wouldn’t commit on Thursday to supporting Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as Senate majority leader if he’s elected.

State Attorney General Jack Conway (D) said he didn’t know if he would support Reid for another term as leader of the party in the Senate, citing Reid’s own tough reelection battle this year.

“I don’t know. We don’t know the outcome of that race in Nevada. I don’t know the outcome of a lot of these races and that kind of falls in the category of ‘measuring the drapes,’ ” Conway said on WHAS radio in Kentucky

Several centrist Democrats have had a history of bucking party leaders as an appeal to constituents. Rep. Parker Griffith (R-Ala.) had questioned whether he’d support Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as Speaker before he switched parties, and other members have expressed some skepticism toward leadership. 

Conway’s remarks say much about his race against Republican physician Rand Paul, too. The attorney general has run against Washington in some ways — for instance, by opposing cap-and-trade legislation — and his campaign may see Reid as a liability in Kentucky.

“What I will do is I will go up there and cast my ballot for someone that I respect, someone that I think will be a good leader, and someone who will always listen to me when it comes to representing the interests of Kentucky,” Conway said.