May 19th, 2009
02:40 PM ET
13 years ago

Bunning calls McConnell a 'control freak'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Jim Bunning today called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a 'control freak.'"](CNN) - Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning is maintaining his reputation for holding the most entertaining conference calls in Congress, telling reporters listening in to his latest teleconference Tuesday that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is a "control freak."

"McConnell is leading the ship, but he is leading it in the wrong direction," Bunning said of his fellow Kentucky senator, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. "If Mitch McConnell doesn't endorse me, it could be the best thing that ever happened to me in Kentucky."

The embattled Bunning has openly butted heads with his party's leadership since declaring earlier this year his intention to seek a third Senate term. Both McConnell and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have been tepid on a reelection bid for Bunning, who narrowly escaped defeat in 2004 and is likely to face the same Democratic opponent next year.

In previous conference calls, Bunning has pledged to sue the NRSC if they support another Republican candidate, and that he doesn't "believe anything [NRSC Chairman] John Cornyn says."

Bunning, 77, has also hit back at reported statements from McConnell that the former baseball star is too old to seek another Senate term.

"Do you know Arlen Specter will be 80, has had four bouts with cancer and he still wants to run for the U.S. Senate?" Bunning told reporters on the call earlier this month. "And I'm being criticized at 77 and healthy for wanting to run for the U.S. Senate by certain leadership people in my party. Give me a break."

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. The Broker.

    Does he work for CNN?

    May 19, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    I don't think Senator Bunning has much to worry about–Rand Paul is going to give him an easy excuse to retire.

    May 19, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Had It

    I wish they had gotten rid of Mc Connell – he's the one I can' stand.

    May 19, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. GOPer

    I agree, McConnell is whacked. He is dragging the party down with his unusual comments, bizarre press conferences and over the top purveyor of the word "NO". Normally this wouldn’t be a problem but as a leader he has sarcasm and no solutions!

    May 19, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. Rick Roberts

    I just had a great thought. The Dems should award Rush with some kind of trophy. One that says "THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP". Think about it, he has the conservatives of the GOP fighting with the moderates. All the Dems have to do is shut up and let them destroy themselves. You gotta love them. LOL

    May 19, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. kayla

    i agree, mcconnell always look like he's smelling something.

    May 19, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Moderate Democrat

    Steve, Columbia SC May 19th, 2009 3:05 pm ET

    And now he is acting like a left wing extremist Demoncrat………if they can't get what they want in an election, let's sue and take it to court.
    Two words: Norm Coleman

    (What an idiot, try reading some moron!)

    May 19, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Tommy Redcloud

    They are so cute when they eat their young.

    May 19, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. Jane

    How about that good ole Republican unity!!! LOL

    May 19, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. Taa Taa

    Steve, Columbia, SC, don't you feel stupid on this site.. You are the only nutjob defending your republican nutjobs.. I see you on every site saying the same old tired rhetori... Oh that's right, you're a GOPer, you have no different ideas.. Nothing new at all... Get outta here and go join Rush Dumbo and the crew....

    May 19, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Peter

    So? Bunning is a moron

    May 19, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. Teleprompter of the U.S.

    Mr. Bunning don't feel bad, the U.S. public believes just as much from Democrats as they do Republicans. When coming from Pelosi they believe 0% of what she says.

    May 19, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Grog in Ohio

    Steve, Columbia SC May 19th, 2009 3:05 pm ET

    And now he is acting like a left wing extremist Demoncrat………if they can't get what they want in an election, let's sue and take it to court.

    Yeah... like Bush v. Gore... no... wait.

    Typical conservative genius at work.

    May 19, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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