Beshear launches fifth TV ad, touting budget cutting and reductions in workforce, state fleet

08/29/2011 10:06 AM

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear is continuing his barrage of TV ads, launching his fifth today, which focuses on his ability to reduce the size of state government.

According to public ad files with Insight Communications, the parent company of cn|2, Beshear’s latest ad begins today in Madisonville, Owensboro and Henderson. It will run through the Labor Day weekend, ending September 9.

The ad will run for one week in Louisville, beginning Labor Day. According to the ad file, Beshear’s campaign spent $14,336 for the one-week Louisville buy and $8,442 for two weeks in the Western Kentucky markets.

The ad, which uses various Frankfort locations as backdrops, features Beshear narrating the entire time. It begins with a frequently used line which boasts Beshear’s having balanced the state budget nine times.

Beshear also talks about reducing the amount of state workers and cutting political appointees. But last December , Beshear sought an exemption for 81 state employees from budget cuts that eliminated their jobs. Beshear won that exemption from the Personnel Board, keeping the appointees.

The ad comes while Beshear’s two opponents, Republican David Williams and Independent Gatewood Galbraith are off the airwaves. Williams and his surrogates, like the Republican Governors Association, have previously run TV ads, but aren’t currently on air now.

Galbraith has yet to run a TV ad this election cycle.

-Reporting by Kenny Colston


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