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Mayor Fischer says there is 'zero' chance he'll run for governor

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville's mayor is putting the speculation to rest.

If there was ever any serious interest, it appears Greg Fischer has slammed that door shut; telling WDRB there is "zero" chance he will run for governor.

"People ask me all the time, but I'm very happy. It's an honor serving the people of Louisville, and that's what I intend to keep on doing," said Fischer.

Fischer says he is aware of the interest and the speculation, but insists he can accomplish more at Metro Hall than he could at the State Capitol.

"Change and innovation is happening at the city level on up, and you can see all the great things that we've got going here in this city," he said.

Democratic strategist Bob Gunnell believes Fischer would have had a very good shot at winning the primary.

He says the interest in Fischer reveals that some in the party are not satisfied with Attorney General Jack Conway as their only option.

"Jack wasn't able to capitalize several years ago, when he was the Senate nominee against Rand Paul, and they feel that Jack may not be the best candidate to capitalize going into 2015," said Gunnell.

After he officially filed for governor two weeks ago, Conway said he is the Democrats' best chance to keep the Governor's Mansion, and he's hoping for a clear field in the primary.

"I think it would be a tremendous benefit if we could conserve resources and focus on a solid, Kentucky First Democratic message for the entire year," said Conway.

But with the filing deadline still a week away, Fischer was asked if there is any chance that he will change his mind?

"There is zero chance," he said.

But neither is Fischer ready to endorse Conway. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes still has not announced her intentions.

"Well, let's see what all happens here, who signs up for what races," said Fischer.

So, for now, Conway has no major opposition, and Monday he picked up the endorsement of the Kentucky AFL-CIO.

President Bill Londrigan released the following statement:

"Jack is truly committed to helping Kentucky's hard-working men and women improve their living standards and working conditions and he understands the struggles that workers face in this difficult economy.

As Attorney General, Jack has demonstrated his willingness to stand up for working Kentuckians when they are victimized by unscrupulous employers, predatory lenders and scam artists.

Our members and affiliates who live and work in every county across Kentucky thank Jack for his solid support and willingness to take on those that want to turn back the clock on Kentucky's workers and their families.

Jack has committed to continuing his advocacy, energy and ideas that benefit those that work every day to move Kentucky forward by improving our economy, educational opportunities, health and well being.

We believe the working families of Kentucky will have a great advocate in Jack Conway as Governor and look forward to working with his administration to make Kentucky an even better place to live, work and play."

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