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July 26, 2013: Our readers write

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McConnell no statesman

Some voters say they will stick with Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014 because of his five terms of experience that have served Kentucky and America so well. More and more Kentuckians are fed up with Minority Leader McConnell’s roadblock tactics in the Senate. Multitudes of voters in the other 49 states also are unhappy with McConnell’s poor, negative leadership.

Kentuckyhas one of the highest poverty rates in the country. In his 28 years in the Senate, just what has McConnell done to improve poor people’s plight? Evidently, he really doesn’t care and would even like to make it difficult for African-Americans and poor people to vote.

McConnell is cut out of the same cloth as Mitt Romney. They look-down on what they call society’s “takers” — the 47 percent — and both get their primary support from their rich special interest donors. The nation rejected Romney decisively in 2012, and thwarted McConnell’s mistaken all-out effort to make President Obama a one-term president. Now, McConnell’s campaign strategy is to continue to beat up on Obama by attempting to link his 2014 Democratic opponent to our president. McConnell would lose big-time if he ran head-to-head against Obama in all 50 states.

McConnell will tout his experience and will condescendingly label Alison Lundergan Grimes a “rookie.” He forgets he was a rookie once who defeated an experienced senator in 1984, riding in on the coattails of President Ronald Reagan’s re-election victory. Kentucky voters are going to find Ms. Grimes to be an excellent, passionate candidate on the important economic issues that so impact our lives. She will give vulnerable, consummate politician McConnell a run for his money.

McConnell says, “You’ve got to get elected before you can be a statesman.” That is his “the end justifies the means” rationale for running nasty, negative campaigns. I know a statesman/woman when I see one; Sen. McConnell, you are no statesman.

Paul L. Whiteley Sr.

Louisville