Offering harsh words for fellow Democrats, Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones appeared to be of two minds Wednesday when discussing whether Tuesday's enormous Republican victories in Kentucky would influence whether he runs for Kentucky's 6th Congressional District seat.
Jones, who has been in talks with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee about taking on U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, was asked by his co-host whether Tuesday's results make it less likely he will run.
"Yes and no," Jones said.
"The yes is that it's clearly not a great environment for Democrats," Jones said. "The state Democratic Party is in shambles. But that's not a big deal to me, because I wasn't going to be running as a normal Democrat anyway."
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Calling for "new blood" on his show Wednesday morning, Jones had tough words for his party, saying the candidates whom Democrats have run "don't relate to Kentuckians."
"These folks are not going to win," he said. "They can't keep running these people. They're not going to win."
Jones said that Democrats who supported losing gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway had offered Jones advice, and that he had a response to those offers.
"You guys are losing every race. Why should I use your advice?" Jones said. "I'm not saying that to be rude, but I was proven correct in this thing."
Jones, who has talked from time to time about his affinity for President Barack Obama, said "Obama's killed the Democratic Party."
"He has," Jones said. "But out of shambles something can rise. Right?"
In an interview with the Herald-Leader after the show, Jones said he had been meeting with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee "because if I were to do this, I want to make sure A, it's winnable and B, if I do it, that I would do it right.
"I'm not going to get into a race just for the heck of it. If I get in the race, I want to make sure I can win."
Jones lamented what he sees as "major structural problems in the Democratic Party statewide," arguing they are problems he can help fix.
The party, he said, "has to look in the mirror and say, 'What are our values as a state party and how do we articulate them?'"
"There has to be a notion and an understanding from the state party (that) they have to change things fundamentally," he said. "It's not about how hard we can bash Obama. It's about having a set of principles that are obvious."
Jones said he thought state Democrats have done a poor job of articulating to voters what they stand for, saying that "right now, to an average Kentuckian, a Kentucky Democrat has no meaning."
"Whether I run or not, I think the state needs two competitive parties or more," Jones said. "And I think it needs to have candidates that articulate a vision. And right now in this state, the Republicans articulate their vision better than the Democrats do."
As he considers the pros and cons of taking on Barr, Jones said, he doesn't "know that the party is in a great position to be a lot of help."
"The frustrating part to me is, I worry that if I were to do this, I'm going to have to do a lot of it alone."
Jones said he has no interest in practicing the kind of politics in which opponents try to tear each other down, and he is asking himself if he is willing to subject himself to whatever attacks might come from Barr.
"I'm not going to be part of that," he said. "I have to ask myself, 'Am I ready at this stage in my life to have, whether it be Andy Barr or Republicans, just try to destroy me?' and I just have to ask, 'Is that something I want to do right now?"
Jones had planned to decide before the start of basketball season whether to run, but he said he changed course to see what Tuesday's results looked like.
Now, Jones said, he will decide in the next couple of weeks. "I need to, for my own sake, either decide or move on," he said.