Marksberry claims he was offered aid to leave race

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An independent candidate in this year's U.S. Senate race in Kentucky says when he was running as a Democrat, a Kentucky Democratic Party "person" offered to pay his campaign debt if he left the race.

The Courier-Journal reports the campaign of Democratic front-runner Alison Lundergan Grimes and the state Democratic Party both denied offering Ed Marksberry anything to leave the race and said they didn't ask an intermediary to offer him anything.

Marksberry's allegations were first made in a letter to the blog Page One Kentucky. In an interview with The Courier-Journal, Marksberry refused to say who the party person was or whether the person was based in Frankfort or local. He also wouldn't say whether the person had direct ties to the Grimes campaign.

Marksberry decided to run as an independent rather than as a Democrat last year.

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