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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  • by Randy Location: Martin on Jan 20, 2009 at 03:07 AM
    Trey Grayson 2010 for U.S Senate and for you Bev maybe you should check your heater or your insulation or you live in a lot bigger home then I do. My bill runs about 100.00. Oh and by the way coal prices are down.
  • by Jim on Jan 19, 2009 at 05:46 AM
    Dan might not bE the man but eVen a highly trained monkey can beat what we have---it's so sad for KY.
  • by Reality Location: Kentucky on Jan 18, 2009 at 12:38 PM
    Last time he said Bunning had Altsheimers. Maybe Bunning has gun and Bible that's affecting him this time.
  • by Bev Location: South Eastern Corner on Jan 18, 2009 at 08:52 AM
    Hey Randy, my electric bill is 400.00 already. Was 310.00 last mo. I am the only one working at this time. Looks like we are gona have to convert to coal heat, but have you seen what a ton of coal costs now? Anyway, I think we should have some coal burning heat and get back to the basics like our fathers and mothers were raised. They did pretty good. Got off track a little here. As for Mongiardo, haven't made my mind up yet about voting for him again. As of now, no, after all his arrogance he has shown. Maybe he will do something good and change my mind.
  • by jon Location: bell county on Jan 18, 2009 at 07:44 AM
    Mongiardo has shown many times that he puts his political ambitions first and eastern kentuckians a far second. I help whatever way I can to keep him out of office. Remember eastern ky when he tried to bully us into voting for his "yes man" Alexander. Remember eastern ky when he called us racist. I could go on,but you get my point.....
  • by Harlan Voter Location: Harlan on Jan 17, 2009 at 08:54 PM
    I have to agree with the person who posted about the mountain top removal that Mongiardo is in favor of. It has nothing to do with "tree hugging" but all about what money can be sucked out of Eastern Ky and leave the scarred and rotted soil where nothing else can be grown. After all the coal has been removed and the severance taxes are paying for the good roads around Pulaski county and the western part of Ky, what have we got left in Eastern Kentucky to protect us from all the flooding and mud slides. I am all for burning coal, but look how many homes are heated by oil and electricity. Sure they need our coal to burn when the oil prices are sky rocketing, but when the oil prices are down good ole coal is put on the back burner. Mongiardo better be looking to SE Ky to win again. It would be nice to have a local senator from these parts, but would he remember where he came from? He sure doesn't now.
  • by Anom Location: Hazard on Jan 17, 2009 at 06:27 PM
    The little known state senator needs to be fighting for eastern ky to keep our coal severance money. When spring rolls around and there are potholes everywhere and we have no money because we have given it to the bigger cities, he needs to remember who put it him there.
  • by David Location: Winchester on Jan 17, 2009 at 02:07 PM
    Big words for a second bannana in the whiniest, most corrupt, taxingest administration in the history of our state. This guy has a better chance at Ms. America than he has of beating Sen. Bunning.
  • by small town boy Location: prestonsburg on Jan 17, 2009 at 10:29 AM
    The only ones stirring up this "hate Mongiardo" talk are the Louisville liberals who hate him for protecting marriage between a man and a woman and for supporting coal. Dan is a son of the mountains and he hasn't forgotten who he represents. Liberals should just get over it.
  • by Don Thompson Location: Manchester on Jan 17, 2009 at 09:41 AM
    I thought we was too dumb to vote for the right man. Wasn't that what the lt Governor said about us. We might be too dumb to vote for him against Bunning. We remember comments like that.
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