Matt Bevin's latest ad characterizes Jack Conway as "too liberal"

10/23/2015 12:57 PM

The latest campaign commercial from Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin features a mix of supporters characterizing Democratic nominee Jack Conway as being “too liberal,” and promoting the outsider qualities of their businessman candidate.

The spot which began airing on Friday likens Conway, the Democratic state Attorney General to unpopular President Barack Obama.

“He’s just like Obama, maybe worse than Obama,” one unidentified supporter says in the ad.

Another adds that Conway is a “career politician.”

The 30 second ad then turns to the same supporters who cast Bevin as an “outsider,” a “Christian, a husband, and a father. And a veteran.”

In an email to supporters on Friday Bevin’s campaign manager Ben Hartman says the campaign is preparing for “another massive negative ad campaign” from Conway. Hartman links to Bevin’s ad in the email, and asks for help to keep it on air.

“We’re rolling out a new ad of our own today. It features Kentucky voters from all walks of life who support Matt and Jenean’s conservative ideas and don’t want to see the state run by pro-Obama liberal Jack Conway,” Hartman says in the email to supporters.

Hartman’s email goes on to ask for contributions to help the campaign reach undecided voters before Election Day.

Conway campaign spokesman Daniel Kemp said that the Bevin campaign left a segment of the Kentucky electorate out of the ad.

“Here’s who Matt Bevin didn’t feature in his latest ad: the voices of the Kentucky Republicans who call him an ‘East Coast Con Man’ and a ‘Pathological Liar.’ Whether Matt Bevin is lying about his failure to pay his taxes or Jack’s strong record of standing up for Kentucky families, it’s clear that Kentuckians cannot trust Bevin to look out for us,” Kemp said in a statement.

Bevin’s campaign also released a minute long radio ad on running mate Jenean Hampton’s background, and “why she and Matt are running to serve Kentuckians.”

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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