Heiner promises ‘accountability in budgeting’ in third ad of 2015

02/17/2015 10:37 AM

Continuing to craft an image as a Frankfort outsider, Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner pledged to make every agency in state government justify every dollar in its budget in a new television advertisement released Tuesday.

The 30-second spot, titled “Accountability,” is the third in 2015 for Heiner, part of a crowded four-way GOP primary field.

A narrator introduces Heiner not only as a religious conservative with a successful business background, but also “the Frankfort outsider who has a plan to get Kentucky working again.”

Heiner’s sole focus in terms of policy in the ad, though, is telling voters he would keep a closer watch on state agencies when writing biennial budgets. He said politicians in Frankfort “don’t have the slightest clue” how to budget within the state’s means.

“As governor I’ll put accountability in budgeting by requiring every department to justify every dollar each and every year,” Heiner says in the ad, which can be viewed here:

Heiner, a former Louisville Metro Council member, is vying for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in the May 19 primary against Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, former U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin and former state Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott.

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 kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.

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