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Lunsford tells ABC Dems lack 'firepower' to challenge McConnell

by Joe Arnold


Posted on June 25, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 25 at 5:18 PM

(WHAS11 Political Blog) -- The last person to challenge Sen. Mitch McConnell's re-election says it not only is an uphill battle, but a high-risk move for anyone who intends to run for office again.

Louisville businessman Bruce Lunsford, the 2008 Democratic U.S. Senate nominee, is quoted by ABC News' Jeff Zeleny as pessimistic of his party's chances in 2014.

“There is really no sitting Democrat that I can think of right now that has the firepower, monetarily, or has enough gravitas to take him on significantly,” Lunsford told ABC News. “I’d be surprised if anybody can run against him who thinks they have a further career in politics.”

Though an adviser to the leading potential Democratic candidate, Alison Lundergan Grimes, repeats to Zeleny that Grimes "will not be bullied" by McConnell's tactics, Lunsford warns that McConnell knows how to make it painful on an opponent.

.... the warning from Lunsford seems to be aimed directly at Grimes, 34, who he said has “a great future.”

“I don’t think there is any Democratic candidate who would be willing to risk the damage that he could do to them in a negative campaign,” Lunsford said in an interview. “It’s going to be very hard for Senator McConnell to lose.”