Jim Bunning of Kentucky won't seek re-election in the Senate. What does this mean?...a Democratic pick-up looks less likely now that this weak incumbent will be out the door without a primary fight first.
Ending months of speculation that he couldn't afford to run for a third term in 2010, U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning announced Monday that he will not seek re-election.
In a statement from his Senate office, Bunning blamed unnamed Republican leaders for making it difficult for him to mount a campaign.
“Over the past year, some of the leaders of the Republican Party in the Senate have done everything in their power to dry up my fundraising,” Bunning said. “The simple fact is that I have not raised the funds necessary to run an effective campaign for the U.S. Senate. For this reason, I will not be a candidate for re-election in 2010.”
Bunning has accused Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of trying to sabotage his campaign since, saying McConnell told him in December that he was too old to seek another term.