Lunsford Setting Sights On McConnell Even In The Primary

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Bruce Lunsford has plenty of rivals in
the upcoming Senate Democratic primary, but the wealthy businessman
is already picking a fight with Republican Senate leader Mitch
McConnell, who is seeking a fifth term this year.

Lunsford never mentioned his Democratic competition but offered
blistering criticism of McConnell while accepting an endorsement
this week from the Kentucky AFL-CIO. Lunsford broadly linked the
senator with President Bush's policies, saying the country is stuck
in a "poorly conceived war that needs to end," while the economy
teeters on the brink of recession and health care costs continue to

"The Bush administration and Republican leadership in Congress
have driven our country into a ditch and Mitch McConnell continues
to stand in the way, refusing to let anyone get us back on the
road," Lunsford said in a statement.

Lunsford campaign manager Brad Katz said Tuesday that Lunsford
is busy reaching out to Kentucky Democrats, taking nothing for
granted in the May 20 primary. But Katz also took a long view of
the race.

"This is a campaign against Mitch McConnell," Katz said in a
phone interview. "Bruce thinks we need change in Washington, and
that's who he's running against and who he's talking about."

McConnell campaign spokesman Justin Brasell declined comment on
Lunsford's criticism.

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