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.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is 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 his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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