Years ago, as a young reporter, I interviewed James F. Byrnes, once the “assistant president” to FDR and a former Secretary of State, a name now largely forgotten.
One of the things he told me I have never forgotten: “Free advice is the commodity in greatest supply—and least in demand.”
Nevertheless, I will now offer some to Mrs. McGrath:
DON’T run for governor.
I know your campaign manager, (a professional here as I am not) wants you to (and maybe increase his employment,) but don't.
Right now you are a new, fresh, and exciting face on the body politic, and a loser after an excellent, hard fought campaign against an incumbent, backed by a popular President, (at least here in these parts.) Many will suggest “strike while the iron is hot” and, yes, there are a lot of not-so-exciting Democrats in the wings ready to run. But, many did question why you ran, fresh out of service without much current experience in state issues and policies. Take your time. Go to Pennyrile and Paducah; go to Harlan and Bowling Green; meet the people there---out of your home district. Tour the Commonwealth. Get better known throughout our state.
You’ve already antagonized the Gray clan, no need to take on the Beshears. Or the Lundergans.
Besides who really wants to take up the issue of our state pension debacle. Let someone else continue to screw it up.
Wait a while.
Come back in ‘20...and take on the Big Dawg!
I'm just sayin'...