McConnell Closing in on Milestone as Longest-Serving Ky. Senator

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is
about to reach a new milestone.
On Saturday, the Republican will surpass former Senator Wendell
Ford as the longest-serving Kentucky senator. According to the
Senate historian's office, Ford served eight-thousand-772 days.
McConnell started his fifth term this week.
The 66-year-old McConnell admits his chances of setting the
longevity record seemed improbable in 1984, when he defeated
Democratic Senator Walter "Dee" Huddleston by just over 5,000
votes.
Democrats dominated the Bluegrass state at the time. That made
McConnell a prime target from the start of his Senate career,
though it wasn't unusual for Kentucky Republicans to occupy Senate
seats.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Kathy on Jan 9, 2009 at 12:09 PM
    He looks like a light bulb just flashed in his eyes at all time-------scary and kind of weird.
  • by Newswatcher Location: Frankfort on Jan 9, 2009 at 11:35 AM
    Then can he just go away and let someone else have his seat? Congressional seats up for grabs seem to be en vogue right now!
  • by Anonymous Location: SE KY on Jan 9, 2009 at 10:51 AM
    Steve, get some education.
  • by Anonymous Location: richmond on Jan 9, 2009 at 09:38 AM
    look at this conversation on NPR. Nationally, McConnell is negatively viewed as a greedy extreme partisan politician. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99122148
  • by John Location: KY on Jan 9, 2009 at 04:37 AM
    Dustin, it don't matter if the Dems. mostly supported the 700b bail out Sen. McConnell was still for the program and voted for it.
  • by RC Location: Paintsville on Jan 8, 2009 at 10:55 PM
    So many so they didn't vote for him (including me) I wonder how he got re-elected AGAIN? I wish someone could tell me one good thing he has done for Kentucky? Just another self serving politician. I have wrote to him several times about my concerns on issues. The ONLY reply I EVER received from him was asking for campaign donations!
  • by Kelly Location: Easters on Jan 8, 2009 at 08:35 PM
    I can proudly say that I did not put him in office.
  • by Jen Location: Stanton on Jan 8, 2009 at 04:13 PM
    Mitch didn't get DITCHED, You would never know that he was from Ky, he reminds me of a weasel!!
  • by steve Location: east ky on Jan 8, 2009 at 02:47 PM
    It will be OK mad socialist liberal democrats y'all just mad because y'all got your rumps busted this fall at least we know Mitch unlike you guys voting for Obama that you don't know and voting on emotion. Wait till you see Obamy for what he is and a dose of reality smacks you in the face and a s s at the same time its going to be fun to watch and in 4 years after Jimmy carter Jr gets done it will be 30 years before we see communist back in power like you guys i will sit back and laugh for the next 4 years good day.
  • by Kallie on Jan 8, 2009 at 01:19 PM
    And the sad part here is we have to put up with this man for 6 more long years.
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