Pro-Adam Edelen Super PAC promotes auditor in positive radio spot

09/21/2015 11:50 AM

A Super PAC supporting Auditor Adam Edelen has purchased more than $100,000 in radio advertising time in the run up to the Nov. 3 election in an effort to boost Edelen’s prospects of re-election.

Kentuckians for Honesty in Government released the positive radio ad to Pure Politics which began airing on Monday.

“There’s a wind of change stirring across Kentucky reawakening our long held belief that with the right leadership we can accomplish great things,” a narrator says in the ad. “Auditor Adam Edelen is part of a new generation of leaders.”

The minute long spot features part of Edelen’s Fancy Farm speech, along with praise from newspapers and a conservative columnist.

“The Owensboro Messenger says Auditor Adam Edelen has been a man on a mission setting a refreshing example,” a narrator says in the ad. “Senator Mitch McConnell’s biographer calls Adam Edelen ‘a new breed of Democrat’ — using the Auditors Office to bring real change to bloated bureaucracies and unaccountable agencies.”

The column referenced in the ad was penned by John David Dyche in May of 2013 as he looked ahead at potential 2015 Democratic candidates for governor.

Here’s the full context of what Dyche wrote:

State auditor Adam Edelen, 38, is among the new breed of Democrats who bring business attitudes and techniques to government. Edelen has made all the right moves since giving the best election night speech of 2011. He is using the auditor’s office to bring real change to bloated bureaucracies and unaccountable agencies.

Matt Erwin, a representative of the PAC, told Pure Politics that the group is interested in talking to all Kentuckians about Edelen regardless of voter affiliation.

“Kentuckians for Honesty in Government is working to educate all Kentuckians, regardless of their party affiliation, about Auditor Adam Edelen’s record of leadership as a watchdog for taxpayer’s money,” Erwin said in a statement sent to Pure Politics. “We hope our efforts help Kentuckians know that in Auditor Adam Edelen Kentuckians have a real champion for good government.”

Edelen faces Republican candidate Mike Harmon in the Nov. 3 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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