Williams won’t run for U.S. Senate; predicts Bunning will stay in race

June 15, 2009 | | Comments 9
Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville

Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville

FRANKFORT – Senate President David Williams said Monday he has decided against running for the U.S. Senate next year because he wants to seek re-election to the Kentucky Senate.

“I want to try to retain a majority” of Republicans in the state Senate, Williams said, adding that he also could not focus on a U.S. Senate race with the current special legislative session and other policy issues taking his attention.

Williams, R-Burkesville, said he thinks Republican incumbent Jim Bunning will stay in the race.

Asked if he will be endorsing anyone in next May’s GOP primary election, Williams said, “The most qualified challenger that has appeared at this particular juncture and someone I would be very excited about seeing in the United States Senate is Cathy Bailey.”

She is a former ambassador to Latvia and is a Louisville-based philanthropist, fund-raiser and charity organizer.

Williams said it would be interesting to have a qualified woman in the United States Senate from Kentucky, “someone who has the international experience that she has, and she presents herself very well.”

But Williams added that he was not endorsing any particular candidate.

“I’m not going to get too involved in primaries,” he said.

The Senate leader also claimed that Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who has formed an exploratory committee for the race, is “telling everybody” that Bunning is not running.

In response, Kevin Broghamer, spokesman for the Friends of Trey Grayson Exploratory Committee, said, “Trey doesn’t speak for Senator Bunning. Any news from the Bunning campaign would come from the senator.”
Another Republican considering the race is Bowling Green ophthalmologist Rand Paul, son of 2008 presidential candidate Ron Paul. Bill Johnson, a Todd County Navy veteran and businessman, recently said he is entering the race.

–Jack Brammer

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  1. TJ says:

    Wow… just rolled right over Trey Grayson.

  2. phyre says:

    It will be like clubbing fish.

  3. Tired of Williams says:

    Wow, I am shocked. David Williams tries to make himself relevant in Kentucky Republican politics. First he degraded our fine Republican Governor and did everything he could to ensure his defeat. Now, he says he isn’t weighing in on a primary but practically endorses Bailey. Bailey just lost my support with that endorsement.

  4. Brett says:

    Rand Paul seems to hold Constitutional values above personal politics and personal popularity. Right now that is the kind of leadership this country needs.

  5. ME says:

    After that last legislative session I am disapointed Williams isn’t running. He would never have gotten the GOP nomination and would have had to give up his state senate seat

  6. Hannah says:

    Dog gone it. I read the headline and got excited. I thought we’d be rid of Williams once and for all…

  7. Taika says:

    I hope to see Rand Paul win the nomination! He’s just really sensible and straight forward – and I think he’d be the Republicans’ best shot at winning the general election.

  8. RandPaul? says:

    Seriously? Rand Paul? What experience does he have? Being the son of a crazy, unpopular presidential candidate does not make you qualified for the US Senate. He just is too extrememe for Kentucky voters. And best shot for winning the general election? NO ONE EVEN KNOWS HIM!?! Seriously, it’s time for the GOP to rally behind a credible, established government leader who has experience getting things done for the people of Kentucky.

  9. Byron says:

    Rand Paul 2010!!!