In 1st TV ad, Chris Harris slams Rep. W. Keith Hall for using tax dollars 'to line his pockets'

04/22/2014 06:53 PM

In what is shaping up to be one of the most intense legislative primaries of the spring, 93rd House District challenger Chris Harris took to television Tuesday calling on Pike County voters to stop Rep. W. Keith Hall’s tenure of using “tax dollars to line his pockets.”

The ad sets up Harris’ campaign theme of sweeping out the incumbent by using a metaphor of his SUV whisking one of Hall’s old campaign sign off a tree as it goes by.

The ad began airing Tuesday on WYMT-Hazard, the broadcast station that serves Pike County. Harris will be airing TV ads through the May 20 primary, said Kim Geveden, Harris’ consultant. The 93rd District covers much of Pike County and all of neighboring Martin County after being redrawn in last year’s redistricting process.

Harris, a Pike County magistrate, is taking on Hall at a time when Hall can’t seem to avoid negative headlines.

This spring, Hall failed to file financial disclosure forms to the Legislative Ethics Commission for a coal refuse company that is listed in the name of his girlfriend, as Kevin Wheatley of the Frankfort State Journal first reported. The company has the same P.O. Box address as some of Hall’s other companies. Then last week, the Lexington Herald-Leader’s John Cheves reported that one of Hall’s other coal mine companies is being investigated for spilling a chemical into a Pike County water supply.

This comes after the Legislative Ethics Commission fined Hall two years ago for diverting coal severance tax dollars to a project for which one of Hall’s other companies received a no-bid contract.

Harris’ ad alludes to that.

“Keith Hall’s used our tax dollars to line his politics,” the narrator says. “But there’s a new day coming — a new, honest leader to fight the corruption.”

The ad keeps Harris out of the viewers’ sight for nearly all of the ad — even after he is revealed as the change agent the narrator is talking about. Much of the end of the commercial shows the back of Harris’ head as he meets with voters. Even the final shot obscures Harris’ face with the glare of the sun.

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