Friday, July 19, 2002

Senate candidate opens Kentucky headquarters

By Patrick Crowley,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Lois Combs Weinberg opened her Northern Kentucky campaign headquarters Thursday in Covington.

        The headquarters at 333 Madison Ave. was formally opened at 2:30 p.m.

        Ms. Combs Weinberg also met with Hispanic and African-American community leaders and members of the Northern Kentucky Labor Council. Her Web site includes a Spanish language option.

        Thursday evening she visited the Kenton County Fair, according to her campaign.

        Ms. Combs Weinberg, an Eastern Kentucky Democrat and the daughter of former Kentucky Gov. Bert Combs, is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, who is seeking a fourth term in November.

        She won a close primary race, barely beating her Western Kentucky Democratic challenger. The contest wasn't officially called a victory for days after primary election day because the count was so close.

        The opponent, Congressman Tom Barlow, threw his support behind Ms. Combs Weinberg's campaign.

        She is seeking to unseat Mr. McConnell, an 18-year incumbent.

        She opposes the “soft money” campaign contributions that Mr. McConnell fought to maintain as elements of freedom of speech and places much emphasis on her experience in education.


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