Four days until the 6th Congressional District ad noise stops

11/02/2012 02:54 PM

Not only will 6th District voters soon find out who their congressman is, but they will soon be done with the constant barrage of ads that have been taking over commercial breaks in Central Kentucky since August.

The Hearld-Leader reported back in early October that spending by outside groups on TV advertising in this race had already topped $1 million. And in a district with inexpensive advertising rates, that buys a whole lot of commercials slots during news casts and episodes of NCIS.

The campaign staff for U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler and Republican Andy Barr started toning down their previously harsh rhetoric this week even though outside groups keep the negative spin churning on radio and TV.

Chandler’s campaign manager sent out a press release on Tuesday touting the decision to go positive in the last seven days of the campaign. Campaign manager Eric Nagy said, “Kentuckians are sick of the mudslinging,” in the release.

At the same time Chandler started running commercial boasting the Chandler family legacy tying himself closer with grandfather Happy Chandler.

Barr released a one minute ad that features him talking into the camera about Chandler accusing him of “petty shameful attacks” and accusing his opponent of not offering a plan for the country.

Barr’s ad is more subdued than some of his previous ones– with a soft music and a feathered look.

And in honor of Halloween, Barr aired a commercial earlier this week showing a child in a Ben Chandler mask. Chandler was not amused. His campaign called it desperate and “a new low even for Barr.”

Meanwhile, outside groups like the National Republican Congressional Committee continues to run negative ads on Barr’s behalf on TV, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is running commercials on radio.

The NRCC is sticking with their theme throughout the campaign and again casting Chandler as Obama’s running mate in this election. The group’s ad is targeting undecided voters and attempts to tie Chandler to Obama’s record on coal.

The DCCC ad is running on radio stations around the Lexington market and is targeting women under 40. The spot features two women talking about Barr’s refusal to answer a question during Monday’s KET debate about whether he would support a policy that allow for abortion in the case of rape or incest.

Here’s the transcript:
_WOMAN 1: Okay, so then this one Republican said, “if it’s a legitimate rape…” I mean, what is that?
WOMAN 2: I know – and did you hear Andy Barr the other night? He said he’d vote to make abortion a crime. And – get this – Barr refused to make exceptions for rape, incest – or if a woman’s life was in danger.
WOMAN 1: I’m not surprised. Andy Barr’s the guy that would let insurance companies deny coverage for pre-existing conditions – whether it’s a pregnancy, or something horrible like cancer.
WOMAN 2: It’s as if being a woman is a pre-existing condition.
WOMAN 1: Right? That’s why this election matters so much. I just – I feel like Ben Chandler gets it.
WOMAN 2: Whether it’s women’s health or equal pay, seems like Chandler’s always there for us.
WOMAN 1: We just need more people like Ben Chandler in Congress._

Chandler is rallying with Fayette Co. Democrats on Saturday to kick off the end to his campaign.

Barr has embarked on a final push “re-energizing Kentucky,” bus tour that will visit all 19 counties in the 6th District in the final seven days of the campaign.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm joined cn|2 in December 2011 as a reporter for Pure Politics. Throughout his career, Nick has covered several big political stories up close, including interviewing President Barack Obama on the campaign trail back in 2008. Nick says he loves being at the forefront of Kentucky politics and working with the brightest journalists in the commonwealth. Follow Nick on Twitter @Nick_Storm. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or



  • Mike wrote on November 03, 2012 09:00 PM :

    From the article: “Barr released a one minute ad that features him talking into the camera about Chandler accusing him of “petty shameful attacks” and accusing his opponent of not offering a plan for the country.”

    Andy Barr’s only plan is to shift the tax burden to those making less money through increases in Medicare costs, decreases in social security payments, and elimination of Medicaid while giving tax breaks to the wealthiest among us.

    Then he MAY be an even bigger liar than BIshop Romney, who also seems to have no understanding of the truth to the point of completely fabricating a story about Chrysler Motors moving to China, saying he was for the auto bailout which is also a bold faced lie, etc. He could supply Waffle House in perpetuity he has waffled so much.

    Barr takes a wealthy mine owner and has him pretend to be a miner. That mine owner doesn’t live in District 6. He, like the other mine owners who have no soul, have convinced their miners that the government is their problem, when their problem is that these owners are so greedy they would “kill” the miners for a dollar, as happened just a few years ago in West Virginia, literally. (That owner should be in prison; but he’s wealthy, so it won’t happen. If he were black or poor he might have been executed.)

    I am just hoping that, somehow, a few people realize just what a sleaze this Barr character really is. He plays the “pro life” token out of his pocket when he’s pro war, wants to allow children to die from lack of health insurance, wants to let people starve to death if they can’t find employment or beg enough to live on the streets. He and Romney are the two most despicable candidates of my memory including the President who resigned in disgrace. The Republicans have become so extreme and so filled with ignorant, hateful people that Nixon wouldn’t get nominated NOT because he was a crook, but because he wasn’t crooked enough. (Oh! And thank you President Nixon and the REAL Republican Party for the EPA.)

  • waybert17 wrote on November 06, 2012 11:03 AM :

    If so-called “crooked mine owners” aren’t going to jail…that is because of President Obama and his EPA. The President is all for destroying coal as an energy source for Kentucky, but he’s not going to take any kind of actions against any “rich crooks,” because many of these crooks happen to be Democrats. Think about the housing bubble, along with the bank meltdowns in 2007-2008 (when Chandler’s Democratic party controlled Congress), and tell me how many Feddie Mac executives, along with Big-Bank executives have been charged and gone to prison…I believe the total is a big fat zero.

    Partisanship can certainly make one blind and stupid. The President and Congressional Democrats have been on the campaign trail non-stop ever since Bush got elected in 2000, and their answer to every Republican political solution, or suggestion is to label every Republican “extreme.” The politics of destruction is what the Democrats have been reduced to…since they certainly can not talk about how they have handled the economy, or the God-awful anti-business legislation they passed when they had a super majority control of the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, and the Presidency. Bush, in his eight years, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor, created nearly 11-million new jobs, but, sadly, added $4-trillion dollars to the U.S. deficit. President Obama had a net loss of 5-million jobs in his four years, blame Bush, if you wish, and so the net gain of 5-million jobs means the total jobs created under Obama is zero, and, sadly, in just four years, President Obama has added $6-trillion dollars to the U.S. deficit. People are hurting, children are hurting, people can’t find work, and it is because of politicians like Chandler and President Obama….because they took a bad economic situation and made it even more worse with their Democratic, Big Government controlling political program of every aspect of our lives.

    Happy was not this type of Democrat: he believed in freedom, in letting the individual make his own decisions without Big Government interference. Sadly, using Happy isn’t going to help Chandler because….the majority of Kentuckians don’t even know or do they remember who Happy was.

    As for the myth that the rich do not pay their fair share of taxes, I would suggest that one go the the IRS web site, which will give a clear and unbiased view of what the wealthy pay in taxes, along with the taxes that all other income groups pay. See the truth with your own eyes, and stop being led by politicians who, by their words and actions, view you as stupid.

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