Bunning endorses Williams in KY governor's race

ALEXANDRIA, Ky. (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning has publicly endorsed Republican David Williams in Kentucky's race for governor.

Bunning told more than 100 of his closest friends and supporters at a northern Kentucky picnic on Saturday that electing Williams could change the business climate in the state.

Bunning, a former major league pitcher enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, said later that no one should be surprised by the endorsement because Williams "has been there every time I needed him."

All of Kentucky's GOP candidates for state offices attended the Bunning picnic, as did Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, the former Bowling Green eye surgeon who replaced Bunning in Washington.

Bunning has kept a low profile politically since retiring from the Senate at the end of last year.

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