Conway ads turn positive in home stretch of campaign as RGA goes back on air for Bevin

10/20/2015 10:44 AM

Attorney General Jack Conway has hammered Republican gubernatorial opponent Matt Bevin in recent months over statements on education, taxes and other issues, but as the campaign nears the final days the Democratic candidate has turned positive on-air.

Conway’s latest spot which began running on cable and satellite across the state on Tuesday highlights how Conway plans to help families and grow Kentucky’s economy.

“As governor, I’ll invest in early education to give our children a good start,” Conway says in the ad. “And we’ll cut taxes and red tape for our businesses so they can grow and create good-paying jobs right here in Kentucky. Better schools, better jobs – I’ll work hard every day to deliver that for you.”

Conway still has outside super PAC support in the form of Kentucky Family Values who continue to hammer Bevin in their ads.

Meanwhile, the Republican Governor’s Association has gone back on-the-air with a “seven figure ad buy” in support of Bevin through the end of the election. The group had pulled their ads in late September — leaving Bevin essentially alone and out spent on air.

The RGA says their buy “will include television, digital and direct mail detailing how career politician Jack Conway’s consistent support for Barack Obama’s failed liberal policies would further take Kentucky down the wrong path,” according to a press release.

“Kentucky is in desperate need of a fresh start and the RGA is committed to ensure Matt Bevin is elected governor on November 3,” said RGA Communications Director Jon Thompson. “With no early voting in Kentucky, it all comes down to Election Day. This new and large expenditure will ensure voters know who the real Jack Conway is: a career politician who has routinely put Barack Obama’s destructive liberal policies ahead of the well-being of the Commonwealth.”

Over the weekend Bevin told Pure Politics that he planned to invest more of his money in the campaign, adding his hope that polls showing a margin-of-error race coax groups like the Republican Governors Association back into the state.

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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