UPDATED:David Williams to go up with first TV ad one week after launching radio spot

04/06/2011 12:01 PM

Republican candidate for governor David Williams will air his first TV commercial on cable starting Thursday, according to an ad buy made with Insight Communications.

The new commercial comes one week after Williams, the state Senate president, and running mate Richie Farmer launched their first radio ad of the 2011 governor’s race.

Williams and Farmer are running in the May 17 primary for the GOP nomination against two other slates: Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw and her lieutenant governor candidate William Vermillion and Louisville businessman Phil Moffett with his running mate, state Rep. Mike Harmon of Boyle County.

The winner faces Democratic incumbent Gov. Steve Beshear, who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary and independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith, a Lexington lawyer, in the November general election.

The ad is set to air on Insight’s cable systems in the Louisville and Northern Kentucky markets from Thursday to Monday, April 18, according to the public ad file at Insight.

Insight is the parent company of cn|2 and Pure Politics.

But the ads do not appear to be running yet on broadcast TV, at least in the state’s largest TV market, Louisville.

For instance, WHAS, an ABC affiliate in Louisville, did not have record of an ad buy for Williams in its public ad files. Scott Jennings, campaign manager for the Williams’ camp, declined to speak about why the ads were starting only on cable, saying it was part of the campaign’s ad strategy.

UPDATED (4:00 p.m.)The 30 second ad, released by the Williams’ campaign on Wednesday afternoon, is titled “Tough,” and opens with the Williams’ campaign oft-used slogan that “Kentucky is adrift.”

The ad goes on to say that “tough times that call for a tough leader” and features Williams speaking twice. Agricultural commissioner Richie Farmer, Williams’ running mate, is shown in the ad, but doesn’t speak.

The ad also includes the May 17th primary date. You can view the ad below.

- Kenny Colston


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