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Bunning Calls McConnell A "Control Freak"

Huffington Post   First Posted: 06/19/09 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 02:25 PM ET

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Another chapter was added to the ongoing feud between Senator Jim Bunning and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell this week after Bunning insulted his fellow Kentuckian on a weekly conference call.

"McConnell is leading the ship, but he is leading it in the wrong direction," Bunning said.

The Courier Journal reports Bunning also called McConnell a "control freak," and said that an endorsement from the senator would hurt his own chances of re-election in 2010.

"If Mitch McConnell doesn't endorse me, it could be the best thing that ever happened to me in Kentucky," Bunning said.

Last week, Senator McConnell avoided answering a question about whether or not he would endorse his fellow senator.

This isn't the first time Bunning has publicly questioned McConnell's leadership abilities. Earlier this month, Bunning accusing the Minority Leader of selfishness and being responsible for GOP losses in the Senate.

On a conference call with reporters, Bunning said:

"Do you realize that under the dynamic leadership of our leader, we have gone from 55 [seats] and probably to 40 in two election cycles? And if the tea leaves that I read are correct, we will wind up with about 36 after this election cycle."

"Good God, he wants to run everybody," Bunning reportedly added.


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