Former Clinton supporter Trey Grayson: "I am more conservative than Rand Paul."Submitted by rhino on Sat, 01/16/2010 - 01:49
By Jack Brammer - firstname.lastname@example.org FRANKFORT — Secretary of State Trey Grayson made his Republican bid for U.S. Senate official Thursday, declaring that he is the "more conservative" candidate in the race.
After filing his paperwork to run in the May 18 primary election, Grayson stood by a bust of the late U.S. Sen. John Sherman Cooper in the Capitol hallway and told reporters he is running for the Senate "because I think we need common-sense solutions to restore some fiscal sanity to Washington."
Grayson, 37, of Kenton County, said he knows he is in "a tough race" but that he considers himself "more attuned" to Kentucky voters than other candidates and "more conservative" than rival Rand Paul on issues that matter to Kentuckians.
Other Republicans in the race include Todd County businessman Bill Johnson and Oldham County teacher Brian Oerther.
Although Paul has raised about $1.8 million through online fund-raising blitzes, Grayson said he will have plenty of money to run his campaign.
"Money will not be an issue," said Grayson, who declined to say how much campaign money he is expected to report later this month for the last three months of 2009.
Grayson raised $642,857 in the third quarter, bringing his fund-raising total as of Sept. 30 to $1.2 million, according to Federal Election Commission records.
Concerning polls that show a tight race and Paul with a lead in some, Grayson said the only poll that matters will occur May 18.
If elected, Grayson said, he would like to see a two-year federal budget instead of a one-year spending plan, and he pledged to focus on national security.
Grayson said he has talked to U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning about his filing for the seat that Bunning is voluntarily leaving.
McConnell has appeared at some fund-raising events for his campaign, and Bunning advised Grayson to "don't ever betray your conservative beliefs when you get elected, and I told him I wouldn't do that," Grayson said.
Grayson's supporters were expected to host "house parties" Thursday night in 95 of Kentucky's 120 counties to participate in an interactive, live Internet broadcast with Grayson from Kenton County. Lexington media personality Dave Baker was scheduled to be the moderator.
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