GOP attempts to tie Andy Beshear to President Obama in latest ad

09/14/2015 08:40 PM

UPDATED: The Republican Attorneys General Association is launching another ad attempting to connect the dots between Democratic attorney general candidate Andy Beshear and President Barack Obama.

The ad is beginning to run as the campaign for Beshear launched the first two ads of their advertising campaign, totaling more than $1 million.

A search of FCC documents shows that RAGA purchased $100,000 worth of ad time over the course of a week in the Lexington, Louisville and Cincinnati television markets.

RAGA never returned multiple calls from Pure Politics seeking comment on the ad on Monday.

The ad from the group says that Beshear, the son of Gov. Steve Beshear, has no law enforcement experience “and lots of conflicts of interest, so he’s trying to run on a famous last name.”

“That famous name is Obama,” a female narrator says in the ad. “As attorney general, Andy Beshear would support Barack Obama’s policies. Might as well call him Andy Obama.”

The ad uses a Bowling Green Daily News opinion piece in support of their Obama claim. The story the RAGA references says Beshear was discussing heroin abuse on the same day Obama made a trip to Louisville.

Andy Hightower, the campaign spokesman for Republican candidate Whitney Westerfield, said Beshear’s father can be a burden as well as an advantage in the campaign.

“If Andy Beshear wants to use his dad as a political prop then he must accept the crutch that goes along with being an Obama cheerleader,” Hightower said. “Kentuckians understand high offices cannot be inherited; they must be earned, and experience matters.

“Only Whitney Westerfield has experience as a prosecutor and a record of bringing people together to achieve legislative success as Senate Judiciary chairman.”

For the second time in the same day Galia Slayen, Beshear’s campaign communications director, pointed to the contrast between the campaigns.

“Today, our campaign released two ads that make clear Andy’s commitment to standing up for Kentucky families and Kentucky values,” Slayen said. “This is in stark contrast to Whitney Westerfield’s campaign, which has been negative from day one.”


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