Family plays starring role in Andy Beshear's first ads of campaign

09/14/2015 10:45 AM

UPDATED: Democratic candidate for attorney general Andy Beshear launched his first two ads of the campaign with a focus on children and families.

The ads which feature his wife Britainy, as well as footage of his father Gov. Steve Beshear and Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear are part of an “ongoing” statewide media ad buy.

The first ad features Britainy speaking as close up images of children open the ad.

“They’re not powerful,” Britainy Beshear says. “They don’t have money or influence. But they do have a fighter on their side, Andy Beshear.”

“Honest and caring like his dad, Andy has a real plan to toughen penalties for child abuse, strengthen background checks for daycare workers and fight the spread of heroin.”

The first ad wraps up with Britainy looking into the camera saying, “I know you can count on Andy.”

In the second ad titled “Stand up,” voters will hear directly from Andy Beshear on family and fighting the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

“These Kentucky values guided me when I took on local government and won and they’ll guide me when I take on the federal government’s EPA rules that threaten our way of life,” Beshear says in the ad. “I’ll stand up for Kentucky – just like my dad.

“As Attorney General, I’ll fight the Obama Administration’s threats to our coal industry.”

Beshear was the attorney behind the largest civil judgement in Bullitt County history — according to a report in 2012 from WDRB. Beshear secured $11.4 million unanimous jury verdict against the city of Hillview for Truck America Training, a Shepherdsville company.

Recently, the city of Hillview filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in federal court seeking relief from $50 million to $100 million in debt.

Galia Slayen, Beshear’s campaign communications director, said the ads show contrast with their Republican opponent.

“The fact that Andy’s first two television ads are positive ads focused on his values and his priorities for Kentucky stands in stark contrast to Whitney Westerfield’s campaign, which has been negative from day one,” Slayen said. “These first two ads make clear Andy’s commitment to standing up for Kentucky families and Kentucky values.”

Westerfield campaign spokesman Andy Hightower said “While Beshear has attempted to smear Sen. Westerfield from day one, Kentuckians know experience matters most and see through Beshear’s desperate distractions.”

“Kentuckians oppose letting Andy Beshear inherit the Attorney General’s office, because we know he will be Barack Obama’s biggest cheerleader, just like his dad,” Hightower said. “The truth is, if his father weren’t governor, Andy Beshear wouldn’t be a candidate.

“Prosecutors and law enforcement, Republicans and Democrats alike across Kentucky know that former prosecutor and Senate Judiciary Chairman Westerfield is the most-qualified and best candidate for Kentucky’s next Attorney General, no matter what Beshear’s family says.”

Beshear faces Westerfield in the Nov. 3 Election.


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