U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell calls it an "amusing" and "curious" strategy for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Chandler to continually link his Republican rival, U.S. Rep. Ernie Fletcher, to McConnell on the campaign stump. He says he also can't understand Chandler's attacks against McConnell and President Bush.
Chandler repeatedly has charged in campaign speeches that McConnell put up Ernie Fletcher to run for governor, sometimes mocking Fletcher as "Mitch's boy." During a visit to Jennie Rogers Elementary School in Danville Monday morning, McConnell, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, was asked by a reporter to respond to Chandler's comments about the McConnell-Fletcher connection and his attacks on McConnell and Bush.
"I find it very amusing that Chandler not only is attacking me but also the president in this campaign," McConnell said. "Here we have President Bush sitting at a 70 percent approval rating in Kentucky and me, who last year carried 113 out of 120 counties in my re-election bid, and Chandler feels he can make political hay by attacking us.