Bunning, McConnell To Attend Louisville GOP Dinner

by Rick Howlett on May 8, 2009

Kentucky Republicans will gather Saturday evening in Louisville for the annual GOP State Lincoln Day Dinner.

This year’s event is getting increased attention because of the unfolding drama of the 2010 U.S. Senate race.

There’s been speculation that incumbent Jim Bunning will use the occasion to announce his retirement and pass the baton to his politcal protege, Secretary of State Trey Grayson.

But longtime Kentucky political writer Al Cross says he doesn’t think it will happen.

“Jim Bunning wants to do everything on his own terms,” Cross said. “Some people might think it might provide big show, be a dramatic way to get out and give a boost to Grayson’s candidacy. But I also think it would be seen as surrendering too soon to McConnell and the others who want (Bunning) out.”

Bunning says he’s still a candidate for re-election, even though he encouraged Grayson to form an exploratory committee for the race.

Bunning’s Senate colleague, Mitch McConnell, has not endorsed his bid for a third term. McConnell is also expected to attend the dinner.

(Thanks to Lisa Autry, Kentucky Public Radio/WKYU, Bowling Green)

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Curtis Morrison May 9, 2009 at 9:33 am

Other Senator McConnell news, his speaking engagement this afternoon (Saturday, 5/9) before the dinner will be the site of a demonstration seeking the repeal of DoMA:

Event name: McConnell: Repeal DoMA!!
Location: W. L. Lyons Theater, 315 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY
Date: May 9, 2009 3:30pm-6:30pm
Contact: Curtis Morrison, 502-403-9498, curtster3@yahoo.com

Senator McConnell, the current Senate Minority Leader that supported and voted to pass the Defense of Marriage Act (D.o.M.A) is scheduled to be this year’s Convocation speaker at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law graduation ceremony.

American attitudes are trending toward equality, and Kentuckians are hoping that McConnell won’t imbrue his legacy with a backward stance. History will look fondly upon those that realize the error of their ways.

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