In Kentucky Sports Radio Host Matt Jones, Democrats in Washington thought they might have found it all in a possible candidate to run in Kentucky's 6th District: A moderate who was not ashamed to admit he voted for President Barack Obama; a well-educated lawyer who knows how to speak to the district's working-class voters; and a man who has spent years building his name identification by hosting one of the top sports talk shows in a state that loves its sports.
But on Monday, it turned out their notion of a Jones candidacy was too good to be true. After months of courting by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Jones announced he would not challenge Republican Rep. Andy Barr. "The decision is more personal than it is political," he wrote in a post on his website. "While I think now more than ever, a person who is willing to put aside political affiliations in order to actually work for the common good is needed, it just isn’t the right time in my life to do it."