What retiring Senator Jim Bunning won't miss about the U.S. Senate

11/08/2010 07:34 PM

Republican U.S. Senator Jim Bunning, who is retiring this year, has never been one to mince words.

Here’s Pure Politics’ report on what Bunning had to say about Rand Paul’s win to succeed him in the Senate as well as a not-so-veiled shot at his fellow Kentucky U.S. Senator, Mitch McConnell, who is the Republican Senate leader:

Bunning and McConnell had a falling out after McConnell and other Republican leaders publicly urged Bunning not to seek a third term. Bunning, who in 2009 had set up a re-election campaign, begrudgingly bowed out of the race in July 2009.

That paved the way for Secretary of State Trey Grayson, whom Bunning encouraged to explore running for the seat, and Paul. At the time, it seemed Bunning and McConnell might be pulling for the same Republican — Grayson — to win the primary and the seat. But in April, Bunning endorsed Paul in a surprise move. And McConnell cut an ad endorsing Grayson just before the May 18 primary.

Paul won that primary by 23 points and went on to defeat Democrat Jack Conway last week by nearly 12 points.

- Reporting and video produced by Don Weber

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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