Bevin casts actors to portray Heiner, Comer slinging insults in 'Food Fight' ad

05/08/2015 11:19 AM

UPDATED WITH HEINER REACT: As Republican gubernatorial candidates hurl insults and accusations in the final weeks of the GOP gubernatorial primary, Matt Bevin is trying to edge the field by focusing on the infighting.

Using grown men representing Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Louisville businessman Hal Heiner at a children’s table throwing food at one another, a narrator in the latest advertisement says, “Running for governor is supposed to be about leadership.”

“But Hal Heiner and James Comer are acting like children. Throwing insults and attacking each other,” the narrator says in the ad.

Comer’s campaign had no comment on the television ad.

Doug Alexander, Heiner’s spokesman, said Bevin has “thrown more meatballs” than anyone in the Republican primary.

“He will say and do anything to distract voters from his record of attacking Republicans,” Alexander said in a statement emailed to Pure Politics. “Matt Bevin went to Washington, DC last year begging outside groups to attack a fellow Republican. He’s slung mud at Republicans for the last two years and is now willing to say anything to get elected.”

Alexander’s reference to outside groups stems from an article published by Politico, which said Bevin had courted the Club for Growth, Senate Conservatives Fund and the Madison Project before he announced his U.S. Senate bid against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The ad is running statewide on broadcast “covering every market,” according to the Bevin campaign. Those markets include: Cincinnati, Ohio; Paducah, Kentucky; Evansville, Ind., and Charleston, W.Va.

Bevin’s campaign says they’ve also made buys statewide on cable and satellite. A similar 60-second radio ad is also running statewide, according to the campaign.

A narrator says Bevin is “running a positive campaign to cut taxes and shrink state government.”

The only candidate in the four way GOP primary that has completely avoided the fray has been former state Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott, who has declined to comment on the “yesterdays” of the campaign when asked by reporters.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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