David Williams TV ad in west and east Ky. criticizes Beshear, pledges to stand up to Obama

09/06/2011 07:26 AM

Republican candidate for governor David Williams returned to the airwaves Tuesday after more than a month hiatus with a message criticizing Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and pledging to stand up to Barack Obama.

The ad, which will debut today in Owensboro, Paducah, Bowling Green and Hazard, accuses Beshear of failing to help create jobs for Kentucky while a Democratic group has been “running a nasty, negative campaign to cover it up.”

“Under Steve Beshear, Kentucky has lost jobs and been ranked the worst-managed state in America,” the female announcer says. The reference is to an Oct. 4, 2010 report by an online investor newsletter called “Wall Street 24/7” that ranked Kentucky the worst-run state in the country because of poor rankings of household income, poverty rates and education levels of Kentuckians, as well as the state’s bond rating — factors that the state legislature has as much authority over as the executive branch.

The ad concludes with Williams — the state Senate president — talking into the camera saying he’s the only one in the governor’s race with a specific plan.

“If you want someone to stand up to Washington liberals like Barack Obama, I’ll do it,” Williams says, although he doesn’t say in the ad how, as governor, he would do that.

Williams aired his first ad, a biographical spot, in July. But after that commercial ended its run, the campaign didn’t replace it with a new spot until today.

Beshear has aired five ads so far in the general election race. His spots have been on the air almost continuously since late May. None of which mention Williams or independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith. Beshear’s commercials focus on putting a positive spin on his administration.

The outside Democratic group calling itself Kentucky Family Values started an ad campaign last month criticizing Williams for advocating for across-the-board budget cuts that would have trimmed education funding during this spring’s legislative session. It also slams Williams for approving the purchase of a $17,000 flat-screen TV for his state Senate office in 2006. Williams later moved that TV to the state Senate chambers and replaced it in his office with one he bought with his own money.


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