Bunning: McConnell Making Fundraising Difficult

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning is blaming his fundraising difficulties on a fellow Kentucky Republican, Senate Minority Floor Leader Mitch McConnell.

Bunning said during a conference call Tuesday that McConnell and Texas Sen. John Cornyn have put doubts about his 2010 candidacy into the minds of possible donors. Bunning claimed McConnell and Cornyn, who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee, have tried to recruit someone to challenge him in the GOP primary.

Senate President David Williams, a Republican, met last month with the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Republican officials have said previously they are not recruiting candidates to run against Bunning.

Calls to McConnell and the National Republican Senatorial Committee were not immediately returned Tuesday.

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