Howard Dean sends out fundraising e-mail for Conway, asking to help respond to P'Pool's 'smear campaign'

11/04/2011 12:08 PM

Former presidential candidate and Vermont Gov. Howard Dean is getting involved in this year’s Attorney General race, sending out a call for cash on behalf on Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway.

In an e-mail, Dean says Republican challenger Todd P’Pool is running a smear campaign against Conway, referencing new ads P’Pool launched saying Conway has covered up a drug investigation into his brother, Matt Conway.

“Now his opponent is attempting a last minute smear campaign out of desperation, spreading lies about Jack and his family,” Dean says in the e-mail. “We cannot allow this shameful low form of politics to continue, and that is why I am asking you to join me today in helping Jack launch his response.”

The e-mail asks supporters to donate $5,000 in the final days of the campaign to help Conway fund his own response ad to P’Pool’s attack ads.

P’Pool has brought in a host of out-of-state politicians to help his campaign. Today, P’Pool announced the endorsement of former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who is recording a robo-call for P’Pool to run this weekend.

P’Pool has also brought Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former New York Mayor Rudy Guliani to Kentucky to fundraise or campaign with him.

In response to Guliani’s appearance in Louisville last week, Conway told Pure Politics he wasn’t bringing in or using outside support because he felt the attorney general’s race should be about state, not federal issues.

And while Dean doesn’t advocate for any federal issues, sticking mainly to Conway’s talking points of being a good protector of Kentuckians, the former governor is a well-known national Democratic figure. In a statement Conway’s campaign said their plans changed after P’Pool launched his latest ad.

“We are proud to have the support of people across the Commonwealth of Kentucky but our opponent’s latest false and deceitful attack ad, has left people outraged,” Conway spokeswoman Allison Haley said in a statement. “In the aftermath, there has been overwhelming support for Jack Conway, even some from out-of-state, because people know he is committed to making Kentucky a safer place to live, work and raise a family.”

-Reporting by Kenny Colston

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