KSR host says he almost decided he wouldn't run

Louisville Courier Journal

Published 10:44 PM EST Nov 7, 2019

In a live video posted on Twitter on Thursday night, Kentucky Sports Radio's Matt Jones, who's toyed with the idea of running for Senate against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2020, said he was almost ready to announce he wasn't running before he was taken off iHeart Radio. 

The Republican Party of Kentucky filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission on Wednesday accusing Jones, a Democrat, of "serious violations" of regulations, including accepting corporate contributions toward his campaign and failing to report related expenditures.

After that, Jones announced he wouldn't be on iHeart Radio for the near future after he was asked to step back. 

In his video following a day of #FreeMattJones trending nationally, Jones said he "was very close to not doing it. Like, very close. To the point that I'd had some discussions about potentially even announcing this morning on the show that I wasn't gonna do it."

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His decision hinged on whether or not Matt Bevin won his gubernatorial reelection bid, Jones said. He'd thought if Bevin won, he wouldn't run. If Bevin lost, he'd give it a few days and make an announcement. 

"But now," Jones said, "they've given me more to think about." 

He still didn't make a definitive announcement, but said, "I think the decision has to come soon." 

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