Democrats hitting E.Ky. TV airwaves in three districts targeted by GOP super PAC

10/15/2016 02:44 PM

With a Republican super PAC targeting a trio of state House districts on eastern Kentucky television airwaves, the Kentucky Democratic Party is returning fire.

Democrats bought more than two weeks of airtime on WYMT-TV in Hazard, spending $15,650 each in the 84th, 91st and 94th House districts, according to reports filed with the Federal Communications Commission.

The latter is an open seat following the retirement of Rep. Leslie Combs, D-Pikeville, while Reps. Fitz Steele, D-Hazard, and Cluster Howard, D-Jackson, hold the 84th and 91st districts, respectively.

Those are the same districts targeted by Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, a Republican super PAC, in its ad campaign.

FCC records filed by WYMT-TV show the group has bought $25,390 in airtime in the 84th district, $23,605 in the 91st and $26,195 in the 94th. Those amounts are slightly more than originally reserved by the group through Election Day.

KDP’s eastern Kentucky buys, which began Wednesday and conclude Oct. 28, come as Democrats look to retain their 53-47 hold on the state’s House of Representatives.

The party’s messages to voters in the 30-second spots remain unclear. A spokesman for KDP could not immediately be reached for comment Saturday.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135.


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