Barr launches first ad of campaign focusing on central Kentucky roots

07/24/2018 02:12 PM

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr’s kids play a starring role in his first ad “all about Kentucky,” which is aimed at playing up his central Kentucky roots.

The ad highlights a disparity likely to come to play later in the campaign between Barr and Democratic nominee Amy McGrath, a former Marine Corps fighter pilot who settled in Georgetown upon retirement from the military.

Barr’s ad plays up his ties to central Kentucky, listing numerous events and outings he has attended in the 19 counties of the district.

The race between Barr and McGrath is tight, with Sabato’s Crystal Ball moving the race from leans Republican to a toss-up on Tuesday. Cook Political Report also lists the race as a toss-up.

Late in the Democratic primary Jim Gray released an ad attacking McGrath’s time in the district, but it did little to stunt McGrath’s victory with 8,000 more votes than Gray.

7 Comments

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  • AllPainNoGain wrote on July 24, 2018 03:32 PM :

    Wow…look at that fancy parlor! Are those walnut paneled walls? He is such a man of the people. Just ordinary folk like you and me. #TheRichGetRicher #PublicServant

  • Wayne Ballinger wrote on July 25, 2018 11:44 AM :

    Great ad by Representative Barr. It already looks like a victory, but still good to see how hard he’s campaigning in his home district.

  • Wayne Ballinger wrote on July 25, 2018 11:44 AM :

    Great ad by Representative Barr. It already looks like a victory, but still good to see how hard he’s campaigning in his home district.

  • Wayne Ballinger wrote on July 25, 2018 11:44 AM :

    Great ad by Representative Barr. It already looks like a victory, but still good to see how hard he’s campaigning in his home district.

  • Sandy Frazier wrote on July 26, 2018 10:27 PM :

    Ineffective “Andy” Barr is very weak, and looks like a loser against a tough opponent.

    Lt. Col. McGrath did more service for her country on her first day as a Marine than “Andy” has done in his entire cushy life at the University of Virginia and his corporate law firm.

    While McGrath was flying combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq, “Andy” was helping Ernie Fletcher pardon lawbreakers, then helping big banks vacuum up more profits so they could kick back campaign contributions to “Andy”.

    “Andy” needs to muster up just a little courage and have a town hall, so he can explain how much he loves Trump’s tariffs that are screwing farmers, the auto industry, and the bourbon business. But — he’s too chicken to appear in front of voters.

    “Andy” is for the banks. “Andy” says bank customers can go pound sand.

  • Dee W. wrote on July 28, 2018 01:40 PM :

    Dear Sandy: We do certainly appreciate her service to the country. She’s still a left-wing candidate whose views and values are completely out of step with the values of the district.

    “But — he’s too chicken to appear in front of voters.” Really? What do you call all of his appearances? I’m sure he’d not only like to talk about Trump, he would welcome Trump coming there for a rally – in a district Trump carried overwhelmingly and where he remains quite popular. The Kentucky unemployment rate has been falling, in case you were not aware. The townhalls are pointless anyway – they get packed from organized leftist organizations who bring people in from far from where the townhall is held – it is not a meeting with “voters.” You’d think Obama and his destructive policies had a 90% approval rating in Kentucky the way those townhalls go.

  • Sandy Frazier wrote on July 30, 2018 10:59 PM :

    Weak and ineffective Andy Barr, who never spent a day in service to his country, is scared to meet his constituents in public, unless it’s a big money invitation-only event.

    Ironically, Andy is simultaneously scared of Trump AND scared of the terrible impact “40 percent Trump” will have on Andy’s failing campaign in Lexington. So Andy won’t stand up to Trump, but he’s also too weak and scared to stand up WITH Trump.

    The Tea Party established the townhall act — show up and scream at the candidate to make him or her look helpless. Andy doesn’t need help looking weak and helpless, and he knows he can’t make an unscripted public appearance because he’s now a D.C. insider who would get the same treatment.

    Trump will NOT come to Lexington during this campaign, and Andy will NOT appear publicly with Trump at the Cincinnati airport or anywhere else a TV camera is present. If you think Trump helps Andy in central Kentucky, you’re living in a Tea Party dream.

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