First campaign ad of 2015 pushes political outsider message

01/20/2015 10:21 AM

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Hal Heiner aired the first television ad of the 2015 election cycle on Tuesday, continuing his portrayal as a political outsider as he seeks his party’s nomination in a competitive primary battle.

The ad, titled “Outsider” and airing statewide, highlights the 63-year-old former Louisville Metro Council member’s career in the private sector, noting Heiner helped attract and create 4,000 jobs.

The 30-second spot features Heiner behind a desk, at a job site, at church and in a warehouse as a narrator calls the candidate “a conservative, a man of faith and the Frankfort outsider who has a plan to get Kentucky working again.”

“Politicians in Frankfort don’t have the slightest clue how to grow jobs, but we can do it here – lower taxes, fight mandates like Obamacare and Common Core, better education for all Kentuckians,” Heiner says to the camera while standing inside a vacant factory. “It’s time to put career politicians last and Kentucky families first.”

The ad can be viewed here:

Heiner, the first gubernatorial candidate in the race, also debuted the first television ad of the campaign in June, a time when voters were saturated with advertisements in a contentious U.S. Senate race between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and former state Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott are others seeking the GOP gubernatorial nod while Attorney General Jack Conway is the only prominent Democrat in the race.

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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