In Kentucky, both sides demonstrate about Bunning's stance

Lexington Herald-LeaderMarch 2, 2010 

Dueling demonstrators went head to head in Lexington over Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning’s one-man blockade of short-term funding for a host of federal programs that expired Sunday, leaving thousands without unemployment benefits.

"This is about Republican hypocrisy," declared Ron Moore, an unemployed Louisville resident who drove to Bunning’s Lexington office on Tuesday to demonstrate against the Kentucky Republican and in support of Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, one of the Democrats trying to win Bunning's soon-to-be open seat.

Nearby, Lexington resident Mike Stephens held a sign that read "Thank you, Jim Bunning," part of a group that supports Bunning's stand and the candidacy of one of the Republicans who'd like to replace him, Rand Paul.

"We do not need government to get any bigger," Stephen said.

Crowds that huddled around Mongiardo chanted "Stand with Dr. Dan," while people holding Rand Paul signs shouted back "Pay Go, Pay Go," in reference to Bunning's insistence on finding funds for the $10 billion spending bill before he drops his opposition.

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