Democrat B.D. Wilson launches first TV ad, GOP's James Comer on radio in Ag Commissioner primaries

05/04/2011 12:36 PM

The first of the five Democrats running for agriculture commissioner launched his first TV ad today.

B.D. Wilson, former state rural roads commissioner and a past Montgomery County judge executive, went to the airwaves hoping to distinguish himself from the crowded primary field. He also has gone on TV before either of the Republican candidates running for the GOP nomination for agriculture commissioner.

The 30-second ad is largely biographical, promising that Wilson will protect voters “at the gas pump and the check-out counter,” without being specific on what he’d be protecting them against. Inspecting gas pumps and grocery store check-out machines are part of the job of the commissioner’s office.

But when asked to give additional details about the ad, a spokesman for Wilson’s campaign said he couldn’t talk publicly about the ad yet.

Wilson spokesman Carson Finkston told Pure Politics the ad was meant only for Wilson’s supporters and that the campaign was waiting until Friday to release details, including the markets in which it is running.

Here is the ad anyway, which Wilson’s campaign publicly uploaded to their YouTube page:

On the Republican side, state Rep. James Comer of Tompkinsville launched two radio ads today.

Comer’s one-minute ads are running statewide and focus on Comer’s background in agriculture.

The first ad, titled “Imagine” is running on the radio in Louisville, Bowling Green and other rural areas, said Beth Goins, a spokeswoman for Comer’s campaign.

The “Imagine” ad references Comer’s past as a Future Farmers of America president and his work as a farmer and state representative.

You can hear the ad below:

The second Comer ad, called “Growing Strong,” is running on the radio in Lexington and rural markets, Goins said.

You can hear the second ad below:

Correction: An earlier version of this story said that Comer hit the airwaves before his opponent, Rob Rothenburger. That was incorrect

-Reporting by Kenny Colston


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