Congressman Geoff Davis and former U.S. Senator Jim Bunning announced they are backing Republican congressional candidate Alecia Webb-Edgington in the crowded primary race for Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District seat.
The two endorsements are a needed boost for Webb-Edgington's campaign, which trails third in fundraising behind Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore and Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie.
Bunning held the congressional seat for 12 years before being elected to the Senate, and Davis currently holds the office, but announced his retirement late last year.
“Jim Bunning and Geoff Davis have set the gold standard for principled conservative leadership in Congress and effective constituent services,” says Webb-Edgington. “I am truly honored to have their support and will seek to follow their example if I’m elected.”
Earlier in the campaign, Davis had told reporters he was staying out of the GOP contest and had no intentions of backing a candidate. But a campaign ad by Massie using Davis's floor speech without the congressman's permission may have pushed him make his support clearer to voters.
“I’m here today to ask you to join Pat and me in supporting the person we believe to be the consistent conservative in the race for Congress and the very best person to take on the job we need done in Congress – Alecia Webb-Edgington,” he said. “Alecia is a smart, tough, independent thinker who will stand-up for what is right and out-work any opponent she faces. She has proven that fortitude consistently at each stage of her career.”
Bunning added that Webb-Edgington has the toughness constituents need to “stand up to the big spenders and change the status quo” in Washington.
The seven-person GOP primary also includes Marcus Carey, a northern Kentucky lawyer, Tom Wurtz, a business consultant, alternative school teacher Brian Oerther and Oldham County developer Walt Schumm.