It seems that after Will T. Scott saw the latest Bluegrass Poll showing him distantly trailing the rest of the Republican field for governor, he determined he had nowhere to go but up.
On Monday, the 67-year-old retired state Supreme Court justice will jump out of an airplane above Elizabethtown, unveiling his "fabulous" six-point plan for veterans when he lands and drawing some much-needed attention to his campaign.
Scott, a decorated Vietnam veteran and a trained paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne, said he isn't worried about his poll numbers. "We will move up" as the campaign draws more attention, he said.
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The poll showed former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner leading at 28 percent, while Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer and Louisville businessman Matt Bevin were tied at 20 percent.
Scott brought up the rear with 8 percent. "I want to stay back a little bit," he said. "It is a horse race."
Scott also said he isn't worried about any inherent risks that come with jumping out of an airplane.
"Remember, I'm a paratrooper," he said.
Scott said he is qualified to jump from a plane but declined to say how long it has been since his last jump. The only difference between jumping now and when he was a paratrooper, Scott said, is "the difference between driving an old dilapidated pick-up truck and a Ferrari."
Scott said he is excited to unveil his plan for the state's veterans, telling the Herald-Leader on Friday that he and running mate Rodney Coffey, the former sheriff of Menifee County and a veteran of the Naval Reserves, "know their needs."
Scott, always quick to offer a combination of folksy humor and dry wit, said he'll only need one of his two parachutes to open Monday.
"If it doesn't, you all can worry about it," he said. "I won't have to."