FRANKFORT — Andy Barr, the Republican nominee for Central Kentucky's 6th Congressional District race, has been selected to address the Republican National Convention during its first evening session on Monday.
Barr, whom the National Republican Congressional Committee has designated as one of the most promising Republican challengers nationwide, said he does not know when or how long he will get to speak.
"I assume it will be relatively brief, but I consider it a tremendous opportunity and honor to represent the people of Kentucky," Barr said in a telephone interview.
Barr, a Lexington attorney, is in a rematch this year against Democratic incumbent Ben Chandler of Woodford County. Barr lost to Chandler in 2010 by 647 votes.
"I look forward to telling America how the vision of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will enable Kentuckians to dream again — unleashing our limitless potential to create jobs and opportunity," Barr said in a statement.
Barr is the second Kentuckian scheduled to speak at the GOP convention that begins Aug. 27 in Tampa, Fla. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Bowling Green, said earlier this month that he will be among the speakers at the convention.
Chandler recently announced that he would not attend the Democratic National Convention in early September in Charlotte N.C., because he wanted to spend time in the 6th District. At the time, Barr accused Chandler of trying to run away from President Barack Obama and his record of supporting Obama.
Chandler's campaign manager, Eric Nagy, criticized Barr on Monday for attending the GOP convention. "Barr should spend some time getting to know the people of the 6th District instead of brushing elbows with party bigwigs and lobbyists in Tampa," Nagy said.