LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - U.S. Senate candidate Greg Fischer on
Thursday tried to keep the pressure on Democratic rival Bruce
Lunsford and his management of a troubled nursing home company.
Fischer defended his TV ad criticizing Lunsford's business
background and was joined by a woman featured in a commercial from
a past campaign that attacked Vencor Inc. and Lunsford's
stewardship of the company.
Lunsford and Fischer are among seven candidates seeking
Kentucky's Democratic Senate nomination in the May 20 primary. The
seat is held by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, a
four-term incumbent who faces Whitley County truck driver Daniel
Essek in the GOP primary.
Fischer accused Lunsford of trying to obscure his record as
Vencor's top executive years ago.
"Mr. Lunsford, obviously, would prefer that these issues were
not discussed in this race," Fischer said at a news conference.
"The fact that we're airing them has clearly struck a raw nerve."
In a response to the latest Fischer attack, Lunsford campaign
spokeswoman Allison Haley said, "It's a shame that Greg Fischer
continues to do Mitch McConnell's dirty work. Every day we're
hearing from Democrats all over the state who are unhappy about his