Jack Conway releases pro-coal ad touting opposition to Obama, lawsuits against EPA

09/21/2015 10:53 AM

UPDATED: Democratic candidate for governor Jack Conway is touting his record of lawsuits against the Obama administration in his latest campaign ad spotlighting the coal industry.

In the ad an announcer touts Conway’s record of lawsuits against the Obama administration and the federal Environmental Protection Agency to “protect Kentucky jobs.”

“Coal puts food on the table for our families,” Conway says in the ad. “I’ll stand up to anybody to keep people working here.”

The ad titled: “Kentucky first” is running on cable and satellite markets across the state.

The commercial also touts a statement from former Republican National Committee chairman and current president of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity Mike Duncan.

In September of 2014, Duncan in his role with the ACCCE, commended Conway and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for “rising above partisan politics to lead the national effort opposing unnecessary and job-killing regulations.”

Conway and Morrisey joined forces as part of a group of ten state attorneys general who sued the EPA over carbon regulations.

On Monday afternoon Duncan said the Conway campaign is “misleading Kentucky voters by taking my praise for several Attorneys General out of context.”

“I’m concerned and disappointed that the Conway-Overly campaign did not have the courtesy to contact me before selectively using my words in a campaign commercial,” Duncan said.

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a national coal-electricity trade group, does not engage in political endorsements, according to an email from ACCCE.

Recently the Republican Governors Association has been targeting Conway on the issue of coal in their television ads.

Last week the group released an ad featuring a Kentucky coal miner attempting to link Conway to Obama, and the President’s climate agenda.

Republican nominee Matt Bevin’s communications director Jessica Ditto said the ad shows Conway is “hitting the panic button in defense of his liberal record.”

“The truth is, Conway has accepted thousands of dollars in contributions from anti-coal groups like Sierra Club to go along with his support for pro-Obama positions such as the job-killing Cap and Trade plan and ObamaCare,” Ditto said in a statement. “When it comes to defending Kentucky against the job-killing policies of the Obama administration, Jack Conway simply cannot be trusted.”

Conway faces Republican Bevin and Independent Drew Curtis in the Nov. 3 election.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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