Jack Conway uses Matt Bevin's words against him in 60-second ad; Bevin campaign bemoans "highly edited clips"

09/04/2015 11:39 AM

Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway is highlighting apparent inconsistencies in Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin’s policy stances on numerous subjects in a 60-second television ad that began airing Thursday.

The spot, which is airing on cable and satellite markets throughout the state, includes footage from Bevin’s current gubernatorial campaign as well as his run against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Bevin’s original statements on issues like Medicaid expansion, public-private partnerships and the federal farm bill are juxtaposed with conflicting comments later along the campaign trail in the ad, titled “Liar.”

For instance, the ad features Bevin said he “would reverse that immediately” when asked about Medicaid expansion, then cuts to the GOP nominee telling reporters later, “I said I would address it. I didn’t say I would end it.”

In another segment of the ad, Bevin said he is “not a proponent of P3 legislation associated with any of our roadway” projects when asked about public-private partnerships at a forum, then later said he was not against such financing arrangements, adding, “I’ve never, ever said that.”

Conway’s spot closes on a familiar theme: late tax payments. A female narrator transitions from Bevin’s U.S. Senate campaign launch, when he said he had “no tax delinquency problem,” to the introduction of a WAVE-TV piece on late property tax payments by Bevin on various properties, with penalties totaling more than $1,100.

“No wonder Kentucky Republicans call Matt Bevin a pathological liar,” the female narrator concludes in the ad, which can be viewed here:

Bevin campaign manager Ben Hartman dismissed Conway’s ad in a statement to Pure Politics, saying the Democratic nominee “has given up on trying to campaign on his ideas for Kentucky because he is an Obama liberal and his proposals have been rejected by Kentuckians.”

“He’s a Frankfort insider that is resorting to a scorched earth campaign using highly edited clips taken out of context, all while refusing to stand up for the religious liberties of Kentuckians,” Hartman said in a statement. “Matt Bevin is a businessman, a Frankfort outsider, and he will continue to campaign on solutions to move Kentucky forward.”

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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