If you are an incumbent elected official and you are facing re-election, with dismal looking poll numbers and a potentially difficult challenger looming on the horizon, there is one thing you are likely to do.
Knock that challenger down a notch or two before he or she even gets in the race.
This is the situation where Kentucky’s senior senator, Republican Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senate minority leader, finds himself.
Back in the 1890’s, Pearl Bryan was brutally murdered in one of the more grisly, yet fascinating, crimes in Kentucky history. That story is now recounted by author James McDonald in his book The Perils of Pearl Bryan, and he’s on the phone Lee Hay to discuss this story.