4th Dist. Ad Chatter: Outside groups buy radio for Massie and Webb-Edgington; Schumm launches trio of TV ads

05/17/2012 11:11 AM

A flurry of new ads are hitting the airwaves — radio and television — in the final week of the Republican primary for the 4th Congressional District.

The Liberty for All Super PAC purchased $16,000 in radio air time for the final five days to back Thomas Massie, the Lewis County judge-executive. Preston Bates, executive director of the libertarian-leaining group, said the spots will air in the markets in Louisville, Cincinnati and Charleston/Huntington, W.Va., which borders the eastern part of the 4th Congressional District.

The ads highlight Massie’s background as well as contrasts with two of Massie’s rivals in the GOP primary, state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington and Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore. That message is similar to the TV ad the group began airing Wednesday night.

The ad in the eastern part of the district also will particularly focus on Massie’s roots as someone who grew up in a rural area in Lewis County. In addition to the radio spots, the group has spent more than $540,000 on TV ads on Massie’s behalf.

Susan B. Anthony List group airs radio spots for Webb-Edgington

Another outside group — one that opposes abortion rights — began running radio ads backing Webb-Edgington, as the Courier-Journal’s Joe Gerth reported.

The ad touts Webb-Edington’s “perfect record from Northern Kentucky Right to Life for every year she served in the state House.”

However, as Gerth notes, Northern Kentucky Right to Life threw its endorsement to Moore, the Boone County judge-executive, in the race. It praised Webb-Edgington for her record but gave the nod to Moore because, as an official for more than 13 years, he had a longer track record.

Schumm’s TV ads focus on Louisville area of district

As he’s been doing in recent campaign appearances, 4th District candidate Walt Schumm has tailored his message to voters in the western counties in the district, including Oldham, Shelby, northern Spencer and eastern Jefferson. Schumm has said that part of the district often gets fewer federal resources and less attention than the Northern Kentucky counties across from Cincinnati.

Schumm is running three bio spots, including this one:

Schumm has raised and spent more than $50,000, including $10,000 of his own money, according to his most recent campaign finance report filed May 12.


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