FRANKFORT — Republican Trey Grayson's campaign for U.S. Senate has picked up the endorsement of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who said Grayson will keep America safe.
Grayson, once the prohibitive favorite to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Jim Bunning, has been struggling to regain momentum against a strong challenge from Tea Party favorite Rand Paul. Last week, Bunning endorsed Paul in the May 18 primary.
Giuliani was mayor of New York City when terrorists struck the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Grayson's campaign has tried to make 9/11 an issue in the campaign by highlighting statements made Paul that suggest America's foreign policy may have needlessly motivated the attackers.
"Trey Grayson is the candidate in this race who will make the right decisions necessary to keep America safe and prevent more attacks on our homeland," Giuliani said in a statement. "He is not part of the 'blame America first' crowd that wants to bestow the rights of U.S. citizens on terrorists and point fingers at America for somehow causing 9/11."
David Adams, campaign manager for Paul, who is the son of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, dismissed the Giuliani endorsement.
"Another pro-abortion, liberal, northeastern Republican endorsing Trey Grayson is just more bad news for him." Adams said in an e-mail. "We'll stick with Rand Paul's conservative endorsements from Sarah Palin, Senator Jim Bunning, Steve Forbes, Northern Kentucky Right to Life and Gun Owners of America."
Giuliani said Grayson, who is Kentucky's secretary of state, "understands the threat posed by our enemies abroad" and called Grayson a "fresh face that Republicans can trust to best represent their values — both on national security and fiscal responsibility — in Washington."
"Kentuckians could not elect a better senator than Trey Grayson," he said.
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