Outside group running last minute ad attacking Jack Conway over brother's investigation

11/05/2011 08:33 AM

An outside group recently created by well-known Kentucky operatives is running a last minute attack ad against Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway.

The group, called Bluegrass Votes Super PAC, is running the ad on broadcast stations in Louisville and Cincinnati until election day. The group was formed by Republican operatives Jeremy Hughes, Justin Brasell last month.

The group did not show raising or spending any money on it’s 32-day or 15-day pre-election reports to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, but did send an amended report showing that the money was raised after the 15-day report deadline.

The 30 second ad opens by saying Conway got “caught in a national political scandal” with his “nasty” TV ads, an obvious reference to the “Aqua Buddha” ad Conway ran during his race for the U.S. Senate last year.

And it ends by saying Conway has “embarrassed” Kentucky too many times.

FACT CHECK

The ad’s first claim, about the “political scandal” over TV ads is clearly about the “Aqua Buddha” ad, which did cause a national stir over the ad.

The ad then says Conway is in the middle of an investigation over his brother, Matt Conway, a former Louisville prosecutor. The Louisville Metro Police Department did have an investigation into Matt Conway, but a police detective tipped off Matt Conway after the investigation and it went nowhere.

The ad then says “police documents show he called Conway,” which is true, because Matt Conway did call his brother, Jack, about being tipped off to an investigation. Jack Conway has repeatedly told media that he advised his brother to get an attorney, but that’s all when it comes to the investigation. Jack Conway has repeatedly denied getting involved or compromising his brother’s investigation.

The ad then goes on to say Jack Conway “refused to answer media questions for 100 days.” Conway has repeatedly answered questions about the incident posed by Pure Politics and other media organizations. As documentation of the ad’s claim, Bluegrass Votes cites posts from the political site, PageOne Kentucky, run by Jake Payne. Payne wrote repeatedly this summer that Conway had not answered all the questions posed by Republican Party Chairman Steve Robertson.

Robertson said he wanted more details about Jack Conway’s role in his brother’s investigation. Robertson sent the “questioning” to media members with the same questions everyday, pledging to “ask these questions everyday until Jack Conway answers them or is replaced with Republican Todd P’Pool.”

-Reporting by Kenny Colston

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