Recent polls show Jim Bunning's lead over Dan Mongiardo quickly shrinking. Bunning's behavior has become an embarrassment for the state of Kentucky and has even raised questions about his mental health.
His recent TV ad labeling Mongiardo as a "Medicaid millionaire" is dishonest and assumes that Kentuckians aren't smart enough to notice. The ad claims that Mongiardo is "growing rich on our tax dollars," having billed Medicaid for $3,000,000 and purchased a "sleek private airplane" and "a plush, luxurious home." The home and plane shown in the ad are not Mongiardo's. His house is much more modest, and his plane is a 1991single-engine model. The ad doesn't mention that the $3,000,000 was billed over thirteen years and includes overhead.
If Mongiardo had been interested in getting wealthy, he would not have opened a practice in Hazard serving poor patients, and he would not have helped open a free clinic there. Bunning seems to think that there's something sleazy about taking part in a government program designed to help the poor get medical care.