Matt Bevin launches football themed first ad of general election

09/18/2015 09:31 AM

Republican candidate for governor Matt Bevin has launched his first campaign ad of the general election which features a football themed attack against Democratic candidate Jack Conway.

The ad plays heavily on ESPN styling with head-to-head matchup graphics pitting Bevin and Conway.

“Conway’s playbook supports Obama’s liberal agenda – that means Obamacare and Obama’s job-killing Cap and Trade Plan,” an announcer says. “Conway will take us the wrong way.”

The ad follows the same track as recent Republican Governors Association ads which target Conway for his support of Obama.

“Leading Kentucky’s team of greater prosperity is outsider businessman Matt Bevin,” the ad says. “Bevin has a conservative game plan to cut taxes, create jobs, and fight Obama’s job-killing regulations.”

Bevin’s campaign says the ad will be airing on broadcast TV in the Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Paducah, Evansville, Hazard and Charleston markets.

As Pure Politics has clarified before the cap-and-trade hit against Conway is rather murky — the attack is linked back to a 2009 statement Conway made during his run for U.S. Senate. During the same campaign Conway said he opposed cap-and-trade.

Since that time, Conway has sued the federal Environmental Protection Agency multiple times against carbon reduction measures, and mercury and air toxin regulations, a measure the U.S. Supreme Court recently overturned.

David Bergstein, the spokesman for the Kentucky Democratic Party, called the ad a “laughable mixture of desperation and dishonesty.”

“The idea that Bevin would claim to be on ‘Kentucky’s Team’ after Republicans called him an ‘East Coast Con Man’ is pathetic,” Bergstein said in a statement. “The truth is that Bevin has spent his campaign disrespecting Kentucky’s traditions — from Fancy Farm to his refusal to release his tax returns — while lying to us about his failure to pay his taxes across the Northeast and his positions on critical issues.”


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