Jim Gray launches introductory first ad of general election

09/06/2016 11:18 AM

With an ad promoting his familial ties to the commonwealth Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray launched his first television ad of the general election.

The introductory ad is running in the Louisville media market on cable and affiliate television stations as part of what the campaign is calling a “significant” advertising buy.

The ad titled, “seven generations” tells of Gray’s business experience building up the family construction company that he “helped build it into a billion dollar a year company, creating thousands of Kentucky jobs.”

The Lexington mayor also focus on his time in the position a job creator who turned “a deficit into a surplus.”

The ad also features a broader themed line targeting voters across the aisle.

“I don’t believe every Democratic idea is a good idea or every Republican idea is a bad one,” he says in the ad. “I’m Jim Gray, I sponsored this message to work with Republicans and Democrats to get things done.”

“The ad focuses on Jim’s family history in Kentucky and his record of success as a job creator and problem-solver,” said Gray’s spokeswoman Cathy Lindsey. “Rand Paul wouldn’t know how to create a job or how to get things done for Kentucky if someone handed him an instruction manual. Jim Gray is focused on working with leaders in both parties, just like he’s done as mayor, to make a real difference for Kentuckians.”

Paul’s spokesperson Kelsey Cooper said Paul has been laying out his plan for the economy in speeches and town halls around the state.

“From traveling to every corner of the Commonwealth to personally share his Economic Freedom Zone plan with Kentuckians, to leading the fight to keep our hard earned tax dollars here at home rather than sending them overseas to countries who hate America, Dr. Rand Paul has an incredibly strong record of standing for Kentucky jobs and continues to be a leading advocate for repealing the job-killing overregulation of our coal industry and getting the government out of the way so Kentucky’s businesses can grow and succeed.”

The latest ad from Gray comes a day after the candidate announced his four-point plan to create jobs in the state. His plan includes: investing in infrastructure, building advance manufacturing, raising the minimum wage and ensuring equal pay for women, and focusing on entrepreneurship.

Gray faces incumbent U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, in the Nov. 8 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@charter.com.



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