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Reaction to Bunning’s announcement

July 27, 2009

The announcement by U.S. Sen Jim Bunning that he won’t seek a third term next year has the campaigns of his challengers weighing in.

Here’s the statement from Jack Conway, state attorney general, on the Bunning news –

“Jim Bunning should be thanked for his many years of service in the public arena.  I wish him and his family well in the next chapter of their lives.  As for the political race in 2010, I look forward to facing whomever the Republican nominee will be next fall.”

From Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson

“Kentucky has been blessed to have Jim Bunning as one of our United States Senators and as a Member of the House of Representatives before that.  Senator Bunning has served Kentucky honorably, has always dedicated himself to what’s best for Kentucky and our country, and has been one of the most fiscally responsible elected officials – a rarity in Washington.  I will soon transition my exploratory committee to an official campaign committee, but today it is appropriate that we honor the exceptional career of Senator Jim Bunning and take time to thank him for his extraordinary service to our state and nation.”

From U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell

“Jim has enjoyed two Hall of Fame worthy careers, and I am honored to have worked by his side in the Senate for the past several years.  His steadfast focus on serving the people of the commonwealth has been as unwavering as his conservative ideals.  Kentucky is a far better place because of his service.  While he may have decided not to run for reelection, I am confident that he will continue to be a valued member of our conference and contribute in meaningful ways for years to come.”

From U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee

“For over 20 years, Senator Jim Bunning has been a principled leader in Congress who has served his state and its people well.  He has always been a leader who has put Kentucky first.  Jim’s long record of fiscal conservatism rings particularly strong at a time when America stands at a crossroads between those who want to grow the size of government and saddle future generations with an unfathomable debt, and those like Jim Bunning who have long been committed to protecting America’s taxpayers.

“With regard to the 2010 election, the Democrats are facing a divisive primary between candidates who support growing the size of government and increasing spending in Washington.  Republicans stand well-positioned to keep this seat in the Republican column.”

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