Mongiardo Says Bunning Has Lost Fight

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Democratic Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo
believes he would have the upper hand if he decides to run for the
Senate seat now held by the Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning.

Mongiardo told The Associated Press on Friday that if he enters
the race he expects the 77-year-old Republican to bow out.

Bunning eked out a win in 2004 when Mongiardo, then a little
known state senator from Hazard, ran for the post. Mongiardo said
he believes Bunning would rather not run than to face him again.

Mongiardo said: "I don't think Sen. Bunning has the fight left
in him to run."

Bunning spokesman Mike Reynard didn't return calls to his office
phone and cell phone seeking comment Friday afternoon.

Mongiardo told the AP he still hasn't decided whether he will
run for Senate.

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

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