As I have written before, our U.S. Senate race is getting attention from print and broadcast media as well as bloggers from all over the world. It’s not uncommon to see the contest between Sen. Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes mentioned in many state and national publications almost daily.
But it is unusual to find a newspaper or magazine devoting 6,000 words to the Kentucky campaign. The New York Times did that in a piece that was posted online yesterday, and will be published in the magazine section of this Sunday’s print edition.
The paper’s National Political Correspondent Jonathan Martin spent time in Kentucky and Washington this summer researching the race and the Republican incumbent. Martin’s detailed reporting on McConnell is quite well done. He gained a remarkable degree of access to and openness from the senator, as well as his aides and friends, and even some folks who don’t think too fondly of the 30-year Capitol Hill veteran.
I talked with Martin and I asked him about his interest in the race and how he put his story together.