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Jim Bunning, Rand Paul and the Fix Endorsement Hierarchy

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Copyright 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010; 10:41 AM

Jim Bunning just pulled a Rudy. Big time. Bunning, the outgoing Republican Senator from Kentucky, threw his endorsement to ophthalmologist Rand Paul's Senate candidacy on Wednesday and, in so doing, served up a heaping slice of revenge pie to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Trey Grayson. "Kentuckians need a strong principled conservative to stand up to the liberals and establishment politicians that run Washington," Bunning said in a statement. "Dr. Paul will be his own man in Washington, not beholden to the special interests and beltway insiders who come looking for handouts on a daily basis." While McConnell isn't mentioned anywhere in the statement, it doesn't take a terribly close parsing of the statement to understand that this is Bunning's payback for being unceremoniously ushered out of the race by McConnell (and other Republican leadership types) last year. By backing Paul, who has overtly -- and

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