Bailey GOP Fund Raiser Considering Run At Bunnings Senate Seat 2009: Cathy Bailey

Bailey GOP fund raiser considering run at Bunnings senate seat

Cathy Bailey, the former U.S.
ambassador to Latvia, is joining a growing list of Republicans flirting with entering the 2010 U.S. Senate race despite incumbent GOP Sen. Jim Bunning’s insistence that he’s seeking re-election. Bailey, a Louisville-based philanthropist, fund-raiser and charity organizer, told the Herald-Leader she is considering making her first run for public office, even if Bunning remains in the race. “I think the Republican Party is strong enough to undergo a conversation about which person is best to represent us on the ballot in 2010,” she said. “That’s the interest I have, whether it’s Jim Bunning or other people or whether it’s Cathy Bailey.” Bailey served as chairwoman of Republican presidential nominee John McCain’s campaign in Kentucky and has spearheaded fund-raising efforts for former President George W. Bush and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. Bailey achieved the fund-raising status of “ranger” for Bush’s 2000 campaign, meaning she raised more than $200,000 in the race. In 2005, Bush appointed her ambassador to Latvia, where she served until 2008. Bailey said she respects Bunning for the conservative positions he has taken on issues. “He’s always voted on the right side, as far as I’m concerned,” she said. “But politics have changed over the last six years, and my party is going through what I would call a health debate.”
Bunning confirmed to reporters Tuesday that Grayson did so with his blessing.

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