6th District race getting attention on national level

Democratic committee adds Barr-Jensen to emerging list

By Kevin Wheatley, Published:

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has taken notice of Central Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District race, listing the election between U.S. Rep. Andy Barr and Democrat Elisabeth Jensen on its Emerging Races program.

Jensen, president of The Race for Education, announced the designation in a press release Friday.

“Our campaign continues to gain incredible momentum as Kentuckians of every political party join together to fight back against the dysfunctional politics, driven by big money that Congressman Barr practices in Washington, Andy Barr’s brand of politics stand in the way of tackling the challenges that matter most to us,” she said in a statement.

The DCCC’s Emerging Races list identifies districts where challengers are boosting their competitiveness by running smart campaigns, according to the group’s website. The distinction is a notch below the DCCC’s Red to Blue program, which recognizes top Democratic campaigns nationwide and “offers them financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support,” according to the website.

“Congressman Andy Barr proved he is not on the side of hardworking Kentucky families when he voted against re-opening the government and to jeopardize America’s economy by sending it over the brink of a credit default,” DCCC spokesman Steve Israel said in a statement. “… We are confident that Elisabeth Jensen will run an aggressive campaign holding Congressman Barr accountable for siding with the Tea Party over Kentucky residents.”

Blake Brickman, campaign spokesman for Barr, R-Lexington, said the first-term incumbent had other priorities Friday.

“Andy’s honoring Kentucky’s World War II veterans on the 70th anniversary of D-Day and is not focused on politics,” Brickman told The State Journal.

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