Beshear's newest ad seeks to highlight role in balancing budget, handling economy

06/06/2011 12:48 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear is airing his second TV ad of his re-election campaign with the governor talking directly into the camera about economic themes, including state budget cuts.

Beshear says off the top of the 30-second spot that he understands how the economy has been “been tough on Kentucky families.”

Beshear then says he worked with both parties to balance budgets and “slash spending by over $1 billion.” Of course, Kentucky’s government must balance the amount of revenue with spending by law.

What Beshear doesn’t mention is that getting those spending plans approved by the Republican state Senate and Democratic-controlled House hasn’t been easy or pretty. In fact, the governor and General Assembly needed a special session last year and this year to agree on budget matters.

Beshear, a Democrat, also mentions his moves to sell state airplanes, furloughing state workers and cutting his pay 10 percent in “belt-tightening” moves as being fiscally responsible.

And Beshear seemingly makes a subtle contrast between himself and his Republican opponent David Williams, the state Senate president, in his parting comments. Beshear said “leading by example is what being governor is all about.” Williams notably called his campaign bus tour the “lead, follow or get out the way” tour in a shot at Beshear.

You can view the ad here:

The ad is the second TV ad Beshear has run since the May 17 primary in which Williams became the Republican nominee. Beshear was unopposed it the primary. So far, Williams has not aired any TV or radio ads during the general election, but was the only Republican candidate to air TV ads during the primary.

Independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith has collected the needed signatures to be on the ballot and is expected to enter the gubernatorial race.

The new ad started running today, as the Associated Press first reported.

Beshear’s campaign manager, Bill Hyers, declined to confirm any details about the markets in which the ads were airing.

UPDATE In a statement, Luke Marchant, Williams’ new campaign manager, ripped Beshear’s economic record.

“Governor Beshear’s economic record is a complete and total failure,” Marchant said. “After a few years of Beshear and Obama more Kentuckians are out of work, tens of thousands of jobs have been lost, and Kentucky is considered the worst managed state in America.”

-Reporting by Kenny Colston


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