N.Ky. Update: Jim Bunning endorses Chris McDaniel in 23rd state Senate primary

01/02/2012 05:13 PM

Former Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning and his wife Mary have thrown their support behind Chris McDaniel in the 23rd state Senate district in Kenton County, the McDaniel campaign confirmed to Pure Politics.

“I am pleased to endorse Chris McDaniel for the Kentucky State Senate,” Bunning said in a statement released by the McDaniel campaign. “His proven business leadership, military service and community involvement make him the ideal person for this position. Mary and I are delighted to support a true conservative to represent the people of the 23rd District.”

McDaniel, a Taylor Mill businessman, is running for the GOP nomination to replace retiring state Sen. Jack Westwood of Crescent Springs, who has announced he wouldn’t seek a fifth term.

Also running in that May primary is Will Terwort, a Fort Mitchell councilman. And former cosmetics executive Shawn Baker has filed a letter of intent to raise money for a senate run as well.

State legislative candidates running in 2012 must file their year-end fundraising reports with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance this week.

McDaniel’s campaign announced that it pulled in more than $34,500 since McDaniel entered the race in mid-November.

Among those donations were contributions from political action committees of the Northern Kentucky Associated Builders and Contractors and the Kentuckiana Chapter’s PAC, according to the campaign.

Those organizations endorsed McDaniel, who owns McD Concrete in Alexandria.

McDaniel said in a statement the builders and contractors groups are the “standard-bearer for fiscal responsibility in government contracting.”

“Their endorsement shows that they realize my ongoing commitment to the free enterprise system,” he said.


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