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 reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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