Ky. Democratic Party launches web ads targeting Westerfield

07/20/2015 05:29 PM

Seizing on a report published last week by Pure Politics, the Kentucky Democratic Party is targeting Republican Attorney General candidate Whitney Westerfield in a new Web ad launched Monday.

The ad, titled “Me Time,” highlights a 2007 section of Westerfield’s personnel record when he worked as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Christian County.

The ad specifically highlights a small section of the file which says that, “Personal interests often take priority over work duties,” including “Teeth Cleaning vs. Jury Trial,” “Pedicure vs. Arraignments,” and “Cell Phone in Court.”

The ad shows an actor stand-in getting a pedicure.

KDP Chairman Patrick Hughes said, “Westerfield’s wrong priorities and self-interested agenda is exactly why he cannot be trusted to look out for Kentucky families.”

“Whether Westerfield is misrepresenting his experience as a part time prosecutor and full time debt collector or skipping out on his taxpayer funded job in order to get a pedicure, it’s clear Westerfield is only looking out for himself,” Hughes said in a statement accompanying the ad. “While hygiene is important, protecting kids and families should be the top priority for Kentucky’s next Attorney General.”

The Web ad is targeting voters in Kentucky via social media, including Facebook and Twitter.

Westerfield’s campaign manager Andy Hightower called the ad “desperate.”

“This is another attempt to exaggerate vague paperwork about a kid just out of college to distract the public from Senator Westerfield’s record of accomplishment and Andy Beshear’s record of applauding President Obama’s Nomination,” Hightower said. “Neither Whitney nor his boss remember the alleged incident ever happening. Kentuckians are tired of the same old politics from the same old political families, and I’m confident that Kentuckians will see through the desperate tactics of the Beshear dynasty.”

As Pure Politics pointed out in the story last week, Westerfield has earned commendations from groups, the media and his fellow lawmakers for his bipartisan work in the legislature.

In the two and a half years he has been a member of the legislature, he has helped broker major judicial reforms for how the state deals with issues of juvenile justice and played a key role securing a comprehensive anti-heroin law.


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