Eleven weeks after Democrats said no to Senate hopeful Dan Mongiardo, the vanquished candidate on Wednesday endorsed the victor, Attorney General Jack Conway.It was done via news release one from Mongiardo making the announcement, then one from Conway praising the lieutenant governor as a leader who has always had the courage to stand up for his convictions from protecting coal miners and their families to improving health care and creating jobs in rural Kentucky.The reference to miners allowed the Conway campaign to overlay a note of support for safety standards in the coalfields.His general election opponent, Republican Rand Paul, has been taking a bit of heat for having said earlier this year: The bottom line is, Im not an expert, so dont give me the power in Washington to be making [mining] rules. ... You live here, and you have to work in the mines. Youd try to make good rules to protect your people here. If you dont, Im thinking that no one will apply for those jobs.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.