FRANKFORT — In a letter to supporters, Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo said Monday that he has raised $420,000 in the first six weeks of his second bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, R-KY.
Mongiardo, who narrowly lost to Bunning in 2004, said his ability to raise cash “is a significant statement on the strength of our campaign.” The money was raised between mid February and March 31, Mongiardo said.
Mongiardo’s announcement of his fund raising prowess came as a Democratic challenger to Mongiardo is likely to be announced soon. Democrats that may enter the primary include Attorney General Jack Conway, State Auditor Crit Luallen and U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles.
Mongiardo, a Hazard doctor, noted he has received more money from Chandler’s district — which includes most of central Kentucky — than any other district.
Bunning of Southgate is wildly believed to be one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the upper chamber. Bunning has admitted in recent weeks that his fund raising has been “lousy.” But Bunning too may have a contentious primary. Sen. President David Williams, R-Burkesville, and Secretary of State Trey Grayson have both been mentioned as possible candidates.
— Beth Musgrave