Kentucky Rep. Ben Chandler (right) is ready to fight off Lexington attorney Andy Barr for a second time.
Lexington attorney Andy Barr, who came within 647 votes of unseating Rep. Ben Chandler (D-Ky.) last fall, announced Thursday that he wants a rematch.
In a video posted on his website, Barr framed the call to serve in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional district as an obligation to future generations. He said when he holds his new daughter in his arms, he understands: “The call to leave this nation better than the one we received. This isn’t our choice, this is our duty. That’s why I’m running for Congress.”
In a potential preview of his stump speech, Barr said the government had to “cut wasteful spending,” repeal the Democratic health care law and stop “the assault on Kentucky jobs.”
“Andy Barr is back with the same radical agenda, and I will do everything I can to stop it,” Chandler said in a statement responding to his rival’s announcement.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.