2:03 pm
Wed June 3, 2009

Johnson Enters Race

Louisville, KY – A Todd County businessman is the third Republican to enter the race for U.S. Senator Jim Bunning's seat. Bill Johnson joins Bunning and retired engineer Roger Thoney as declared candidates in the 2010 GOP primary. Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson and Bowling Green optometrist Rand Paul have both formed exploratory committees for a possible race, but say they won't run unless Bunning drops out. Johnson says he understands their reluctance to face the two-term senator, but has decided not to wait for other opponents to enter the race.

And I also thought the Senate seat was an important seat. It was one we have to keep as Republicans. I respect Senator Bunning a lot, but I think it is time for new leadership.

State Senate President David Williams has also expressed interest in the primary. On the Democratic side, Attorney General Jack Conway, Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo and former customs agent Darlene Fitzgerald Price are all in the race.