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Already in conflict with his party’s leaders, Sen. Jim Bunning has reportedly said privately that if he is hindered in raising money for his re-election campaign he is ready with a response that would be politically devastating for Senate Republicans: his resignation.

The Kentucky Republican suggested that possible scenario at a campaign fundraiser for him on Capitol Hill earlier this week, according to sources who asked not to be identified because of the politically sensitive nature of Bunning’s remarks.

The implication, they said, was that Bunning would allow Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, to appoint his replacement — a move that could give Democrats the 60 votes they need to block Republican filibusters in the Senate.

I would get the last laugh. Don’t forget Kentucky has a Democrat governor,” one of the sources quoted Bunning as saying.

One source said he contacted a Bunning campaign official and warned, “This is going to get out — there were 15 to 20 people who heard this and it’s newsworthy.”

“It’s not because he’s old and senile — he’s always been like that.”


  1. brian t says:

    So, I guess the Republicans have also been watching “The West Wing”? It’s about time – the Democrats learned a lot from it, some of it good…

  2. Kentuckian says:

    This guy is an embarrassment to my state. Ugh.

  3. LibertyLover says:

    Rand Paul will run for that seat if he resigns.

  4. Petrov says:

    The republicans deserve this. If they would have shown restraint with the budgets the past few years I don’t think the democrats would have had such a crushing victory.

    It’s probably better this way… maybe the true small gov’t types will rise from the ashes. I doubt it tho… I think the democrats will be in control of the USSA for a long time.

  5. Paddy-O says:

    Bunning denies reports he’s considering resigning Senate seat

    Hysterical libs owned again.

  6. Paddy-O says:

    Is it any wonder that newspapers are dying? The newspaper Eideard quoted printed an unsourced, outright lie…

  7. pfkad says:

    What’s hindering his ability to raise money? Chapped lips?

  8. Mr. Fusion says:

    #5&6, Cow-Patty,

    You must have Krohn’s Disease. Simply because you are full of shit. Read THE effen article. He denied it here too.

    That was the clear message Bunning was sending, said a third source who heard the senator’s remarks at the fundraiser, which attracted about 15 people.

    So at least three people heard him say something along those lines.

    It’s not true. I intend to fulfill my obligation to the people of Kentucky. If you are going to write something like this, you better make your sources known, because they are lying.”

    This is just another ploy to get attention.

  9. Paddy-O says:

    # 8 Mr. Fusion said, “So at least three people heard him say something along those lines.”

    Really? Name one of them…

  10. QB says:

    One thing is certain Mitch McConnell and the GOP don’t want this guy to run again. This is going to get uglier, and even more entertaining.

  11. AlgoreIsWorseThanHitler says:

    The vast majority of Democrats care little for humanity and are just in it for power. All this would show is a few Republicans are that way also.

  12. Paddy-O says:

    #12 That’s funny. And, about as accurate as the story Eideard posted…

  13. Li says:

    # 11 Talk about a lack of self-reflection!

  14. PMitchell says:

    I find it amazing that we conservative “republicans ” are supposed to tolerate with in our party liberals who go against all we stand for, but Joe Lieberman makes a speech at a republican convention and he is a complete outcast from the democratic party who spent millions trying to take his seat bu that is fine

    but then hypocrisy is the norm in the libs arena the motto for the democratic part should be
    “Do as say not as I do”

    I personally say kick him out and the 3 who voted for the stimulus we don’t need republican like that or even senators who sell their vote to the highest bidder

  15. MikeN says:

    Bunning seems like a good guy. He was cruising to reelection until the debate. He told his opponent he looked like one of Saddam’s sons, and the liberal newspapers made it out like he had mental problems.

  16. QB says:

    MikeN, the guy’s a loser. The GOP want him off the ticket since he will likely lose in 2010. He barely won in 2004 with five times the cash, two different Democratic opponents, and massive Republican support behind George Bush in the state. He’s got a history of weirdness that continues to this day.

  17. Cap'nKangaroo says:

    #15 In other words, death to Ronald Reagan’s Big Tent Republican Party.

  18. Mr. Fusion says:

    #9, Cow-Patty,

    # 8 Mr. Fusion said, “So at least three people heard him say something along those lines.”

    Really? Name one of them…

    I don’t have to. The newspaper made the claim. The implied excuse would be that the three observers were granted secrecy and anonymity for their stories. It could be that these three people would lose their jobs if they were found out.

    Now, you prove the newspaper lied when it reported what three people all agree to as well as the denial from the speaker. Can you prove Bunning didn’t lie?

  19. Paddy-O says:

    # 19 Mr. Fusion said, “I don’t have to. The newspaper made the claim.”

    Right. Just repeat lies. It’s your nature.


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