Congressman Davis: Massie's ad "inappropriate" and shows "immaturity"

04/13/2012 12:57 PM

It was “grossly inappropriate” and immature for 4th Congressional District candidate Thomas Massie to use Congressman Geoff Davis’ floor speech in a political ad earlier this month, Davis said in his first interview about the spot.

Davis, who has not endorsed a candidate in the Republican primary race to replace him, said that he did not authorize his comments or images to be used in the television commercial has asked Massie to have the commercial pulled.

The only contact Massie had with Davis before the spot aired was a phone voice message saying that he (Massie) was not asking permission to use Davis in the spot.

Davis said that he will still not endorse any candidate in the race saying only that “he has tried to stay neutral in this race and let the candidates work it out.”

Davis says that “he wants to see the best person to represent the broad values of this district to represent all 725,000 people with the same sort of vigor and go there to work and build relationships for the long term”.

Davis said he didn’t believe Massie was trying to goad Davis into endorsing someone so that other high-profile officials, such as U.S. Sen. Rand Paul might be more inclined to pick sides. “You would have to ask them what their strategy was,” he said. “I couldn’t really see any other than trying to do what they did which I don’t think had a positive impact.”

Davis made the comments Thursday at a fundraiser for 23rd District Republican state Senate candidate Chris McDaniel whom Davis is endorsing.

McDaniel is running against Fort Mitchell Councilman Will Terwort in the race to replace retiring Sen. Jack Westwood, R-Erlanger.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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