Loose Ends: Crossroads GPS out with second ad aimed at Conway; Fischer unveils jobs plan

08/31/2010 05:08 PM

Crossroads GPS is airing a second ad in Kentucky criticizing Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Jack Conway for going the “wrong way” on health care reform and placing him in the front seat of a car with President Barack Obama.

The group’s first ad attacked Conway for not joining other attorney generals across the U.S. in a lawsuit against the health care reform bill Congress passed.

The second ad is part of large statewide ad buy. In the Lexington market alone, the 501(4)(c) organization will spend nearly $65,000 on ads this week, enough to blanket the airwaves, as cn|2 Politics reported Monday.

Like the conservative group’s first commercial about Conway, this latest ad links Conway to Obama, whose job approval rating in Kentucky hovers around 40%.

And while Crossroads GPS was the first to air ads addressing the U.S. Senate race between Conway and Republican Rand Paul, Conway’s campaign started on the airwaves this week with their own ad, promoting Conway’s law enforcement record as Kentucky’s current attorney general.

Fischer unveils jobs plan for Louisville

Democratic Louisville mayoral candidate Greg Fischer on Tuesday released 10 ideas he believes will help grow jobs in Louisville, including continuing investment in elder services, manufacturing and “green” jobs and buildings.

“With America’s aging population, this sector has huge growth potential,” Fischer said of investing in elder services, according to a news release. “Just as we have grown our logistics sector, Louisville should embrace the senior health care market.”

Touting his record as a businessman, Fischer unveiled the ideas at a nearly vacant business park near the Louisville Intentional Airport, and included attracting businesses to Renaissance Zone as one of the 10 ideas. He said the area has the ability to be Louisville’s “next major commerce center,” according the release.

Fischer’s plan also includes building both bridges in the Ohio River Bridges Project, as well as starting construction on a new veterans hospital and Museum Plaza as way to create jobs. Making Louisville a “hub” for the military and defense sector by linking Jefferson County and Fort Knox, as well as using United Parcel Service’s current hub at the airport as a way to help export Kentucky agriculture, were also part of the plan.

Fischer also advocates for less red tape to help create businesses, something his opponent, Republican Hal Heiner, has also lobbied for during his campaign.

Earlier this month, Heiner released five promises for his first term as mayor, favoring making the University of Louisville a research center and completing the Southwest Regional Library as well as having the East End bridge built by the end of his first term.

Heiner spokesman Joe Burgan called Fischer’s plan “political,” and said Fischer’s experience isn’t enough to attract jobs.

“More of the same – typical political platitudes when what we need are real ideas for attracting and keeping companies in Louisville,” Burgan said. “Hal Heiner is the only candidate with the job attraction experience a mayor needs to win the best jobs for Louisville.”

- Kenny Colston


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