Friday, February 26, 2010


This press release was sent from Dan Mongiardo's campaign concerning the Jim Bunning debacle with unemployment. read below:

February 26, 2010

Mongiardo Denounces Bunning’s Attempt to Block Extending Unemployed Benefits for KY Workers

Asks Grayson and Paul, Whose Side Are You On?

FRANKFORT – Dr. Daniel Mongiardo, the leading Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, this morning denounced Republican U.S. Senator and fellow Kentuckian, Jim Bunning for single-handedly blocking a 30-day extension of unemployment benefits for 1.2 million Americans set to expire Sunday, February 28th.

Despite repeated attempts by Democratic Majority Whip Richard Durbin and other Democrats seeking unanimous consent to extend funding for unemployment benefits for America’s unemployed workers, Republican U.S. Senator Jim Bunning objected, blocking the 30-day extension of benefits.

When Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) begged him to drop his objection, Washington's Politico reported that Bunning replied, "Tough Sh--."

Mongiardo said, “Come Monday, unemployment for 1.2 million Americans and tens of thousands of Kentuckians across this Commonwealth who have lost their jobs during this recession and are struggling to keep their homes from foreclosure and put food on the table will now lose or have their unemployment and COBRA health benefits disrupted because of Jim Bunning’s cold-hearted disregard for his fellow Kentuckians.”

Mongiardo then demanded to know where his Republican opponents stand on the issue saying, “I call on Trey Grayson and Rand Paul to tell voters where they stand on the issue of extending unemployment and COBRA health benefits for Kentucky’s unemployed. Tell us, whose side are you on? Are you on Jim Bunning’s side or will you join me and stand up for Kentucky’s families by denouncing Jim Bunning’s callous actions?"

In an email to more than 30,000 supporters, Mongiardo called on Kentuckians across the state to call Jim Bunning's office and urge him to withdraw his objection.

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