Jim Gray goes on TV with his first ads of Congressional campaign

04/02/2018 08:39 PM

LEXINGTON — Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has launched his first television ad buy of the 6th District Congressional campaign with two sopots, joining former Marine Corps fighter pilot Amy McGrath who first went on air during the NCAA tournament.

The Democratic candidate for Congress launched two television advertisements for his campaign on Monday, nearly two-months before the Democratic primary election in the contested primary race to take on incumbent U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington.

One of the ads titled: Grayisms features a familiar line from his campaign stops, and interviews.

“God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason — to listen twice as much as we talk,” Gray says in the ad.

The television spot which serves as an introductory ad to a district which is already familiar with the candidate continues, saying Gray doesn’t speak Washington “thank goodness.”

The second ad, also launched on Monday, is called “pothole” and focuses on the things that unite one another, like potholes — a bipartisan problem.

“If we really want healthcare in every zip code. Or health care you can actually afford… we better put party aside, and do waht’s right for Kentucky for a change,” he says in the ad.

Gray faces McGrath, state Sen. Reggie Thomas , Theodore Green, Daniel Kemph, and Geoff Young who are all vying for the Democratic nomination on May 22. Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Andy Barr is seeking to hold his seat, and has been buoyed by recent visits from Vice President Mike Pence.

This race is one of the top races to watch in 2018.

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