Lunsford Seeks To Counter Attacks

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Lunsford
rolled out a television ad Wednesday aimed at undercutting attacks
on his management of a nursing home company.

The statewide commercial is meant to counter a hard-hitting ad
by Greg Fischer, a top rival of Lunsford's in Kentucky's crowded
Democratic Senate primary on May 20.

Fischer's ad, which debuted late last week, brings up problems
at Vencor Inc., the nursing home and hospital company that Lunsford
started in the 1980s and formerly ran.

Louisville-based Vencor climbed to Fortune 500 status but
eventually incurred heavy losses and sought protection under the
Chapter 11 bankruptcy code in 1999. The company reorganized and
emerged from bankruptcy in 2001 and was renamed Kindred Healthcare.

Lunsford's ad cites a newspaper editorial labeling the Fischer
commercial as "unfair and inaccurate." It refers to another
newspaper report that Fischer's ad featured an "elderly actress"
pretending to be a victim of Vencor's problems. A Fischer adviser
said last week that the woman did not live at a Vencor nursing
home.

Lunsford's ad says the company survived and now employs more
than 50,000 people.


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