Bunning: Under “Dynamic Leader” McConnell We’ve Lost Seats

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May 5, 2009 8:34 a.m.
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Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY), who has accused his party’s leadership of sabotaging his fundraising in order to force him into retirement, has some further tough words for his co-Senator, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

“Good God, he wants to run everybody,” Bunning told reporters on a conference call. Bunning confirmed that he encouraged Sec. of State Trey Grayson to set up an exploratory committee to run just in case Bunning himself retires. But he doesn’t see a good picture for the GOP going forward. And he blames McConnell for a lot of that.

“Do you realize that under our dynamic leadership of our leader, we have gone from 55 and probably to 40 (Senate seats) in two election cycles,” said Bunning, “and if the tea leaves that I read are correct, we will wind up with about 36 after this election cycle. So if leadership means anything, it means you don’t lose … approximately 19 seats in three election cycles with good leadership.”

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