05/02/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Kentucky Needs a New Voice in Washington

When George Bush took a $236 billion surplus and turned into a $1.3 trillion deficit, Jim Bunning voted with him again and again.

When Bush and the Republican Congress ran up the national debt to eight trillion dollars, Bunning went along.

Why is it that only now, when unemployment benefits for millions of Americans are on the line, Jim Bunning has decided to have a temper tantrum on the floor of the U.S. Senate?

It is the worst kind of political grandstanding.

I am sending Senator Bunning a petition signed by myself and hundreds of my fellow Kentuckians, asking him to stop the political games and do the work of the American people. These are tough economic times and he's playing with people's lives.

Stand with me to tell Jim Bunning to stop playing politics with the help working families need.

We've seen way too much of this kind of this kind of obstruction and gridlock in Washington. Most politicians act like they don't work for the people anymore. It is especially unfortunate that Kentucky families may suffer at the hands of their own retiring junior senator. I share the frustration of so many citizens across the Commonwealth who feel that Kentuckians deserve better representation.

Yet Republican senatorial candidates Rand Paul and Trey Grayson have sided with Jim Bunning and against Kentucky families. By opposing the renewal of benefits, they have promised to continue more of the same old politics that aren't helping working families in the Bluegrass State.

Kentucky needs a new voice in Washington -- a voice that puts workers and families first. That is why I am running for United States Senate to create jobs, cut the deficit, and bring accountability to Washington. As attorney general, I've saved money for taxpayers by taking on waste, fraud and abuse and protected consumers from price gouging by big oil and pharmaceutical companies. As United States senator, I will continue to stand up for Kentucky families.

We sent a strong message today telling Jim Bunning that the people of Kentucky must come before politics as usual. I invite all Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to join our cause. By standing up and speaking out, we can end the gridlock and make Washington work for us.