Bunning dispatches staff to Northern Kentucky for Paul

05/14/2010 09:14 AM

U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning

NICHOLASVILLE — Staff members to Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning have taken time off to campaign over the weekend for U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul in Northern Kentucky — the home of Paul’s GOP primary rival Trey Grayson.

David Adams, Paul’s campaign manager, told cn|2 Politics Friday that Bunning volunteered his staff’s help as part of the Paul campaign’s get out the vote effort leading up to Tuesday’s primary. Both Paul and Grayson’s campaigns are expected to attract Republican volunteers from out of state to go door-to-door across Kentucky in the final days. The symbolic battleground looks to be in Northern Kentucky, which is the home base of Grayson and Bunning.

The fact that Bunning would dispatch his staff to Grayson’s backyard could be seen as another indignity to his former protégé.

Grayson, the secretary of state, has said that Bunning first urged him to explore running for senate in case Bunning didn’t seek a third term. Bunning dropped his re-election bid last summer, but surprised many Republicans by endorsing Paul, a Bowling Green eye surgeon and son of Texas congressman Ron Paul, last month.

UPDATE: Mike Reynard, Bunning’s communications director, said he was among three staff members to arrive in Northern Kentucky Friday. He said it shows how committed his boss is to seeing that Paul is the Republican nominee for the Senate seat he’s vacating.

“It was one of those things where he endorsed and he wants to do everything he can to help Dr. Paul win, so some of us decided to take some time off and help out,” Reynard said.

—Ryan Alessi


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