Reggie Thomas launches web videos listing priorities, takes jab at McGrath

09/26/2017 10:31 AM

UPDATED: Democratic 6th Congressional district primary candidate Reggie Thomas kicked off his first web ad of the campaign with a direct-to-camera video listing his priorities and taking a shot at challenger Amy McGrath.

The two-minute long video focuses on issues including health care, raising the minimum wage, eliminating student debt and the politicians he opposes.

“I want to tell you what I’m for and what I’m against. I am for Medicare for all, a single payer health care system for everyone that will save money and save lives,” Thomas says in the ad. “I am against President Trump, Andy Barr, Mitch McConnell and their attempts to take health insurance away from 500,000 Kentuckians. I am against Governor Matt Bevin’s plan to reduce pensions that were promised to Kentucky teachers, police, firefighters and other state workers.”

As a jet streaks across the screen the ad cuts to Thomas inside St. Paul’s AME Church, where he and his family have been members more than 30 years, a jab at McGrath one of his Democratic opponents in the primary race.

“There’s a lot here you can’t see from an airplane, “Thomas says from the church. “I went to school here. My church is here. I worked all my life here. My wife and I raised my family here. I’ve even been a state Senator and coached little league baseball right here.”

McGrath is a native of Kenton Co., but has spent the past 20 years out-of-state following a career in the military. The 42-year old McGrath, her husband and three kids located in Georgetown, before her run for office. She’s defending the time out of Kentucky as one spent serving the United States.

Thomas’ campaign manager Leo Haggerty said Thomas’ ad was shot in Kentucky, and includes locations in the district.

“We feel strongly that to beat Andy Barr we have to make this a Kentucky-focused campaign,” Haggerty said. “We have had candidates try to run national races here, and it never ends well. One of our opponents has a neat video, but I’m not even sure where it was filmed. It doesn’t look like Kentucky.”

McGrath’s campaign manager Mark Nickolas said, “Senator Thomas should run the campaign he thinks is best for him. We’ll do the same.”

The introductory ad Haggerty mentioned in his statement was filmed in Kentucky at the Blue Grass Airport.

This is the first of multiple videos the campaign plans to launch over the coming weeks and months spelling out where Thomas stands on the issues.

Thomas faces McGrath and perennial candidate Geoff Young in the primary election.

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  • Geoff Young for Congress wrote on September 27, 2017 07:04 AM :

    “We’ll see” if Reggie Thomas & Amy McGrath decide to drop out rather than debate me ever. We’ll see if the federal district court in Frankfort allows me to add them as new defendants in my lawsuit against the KDP (Ky Dem Party). We’ll see if the US Attorney for Eastern Kentucky initiates criminal proceedings against this alleged conspiracy of election-rigging, corrupt Democrats. We’ll see if Gov. Bevin appoints a special prosecutor to investigate & maybe prosecute Andy Beshear & Alison Lundergan Grimes. And we’ll see whether any Establishment Democrat in the country ever admits they voted for war criminals for President in 2012 (Obama) and 2016 (Clinton). We’ll see about a lot of things.

  • AllPainNoGain wrote on September 27, 2017 08:01 AM :

    Geoff…man, it’s getting really old. Grow up and actually run a campaign. I’m a lifelong dem, I’ve supported lots of candidates over the years, but I have never ever supported one who does nothing by bellyache about how poorly they are treated. Get it together, start acting like an actual candidate and not some petulant child and maybe, just maybe, folks might actually treat you like a candidate. I get that you think you have been treated unfairly…let me clue you in, life isn’t fair. It’s tough. You lose sometimes. The cards are often stacked against us. Yet, we forge ahead. We work hard. We build a name for ourselves. We do the job. So far all I have ever heard from you, the message that stands out most in every single thing you say or do, is that you are a victim…and, well, friend, people don’t vote for folks who play the victim card. We vote for people who persevere, who rise above, who see the odds and still work their tail off. It’s time you refocus your campaign and actually start standing for something.

  • Heza Putz wrote on September 27, 2017 12:29 PM :

    From what I hear the list of legislators in Frankfort more dis-liked than Reggie is a short one. One Democrat told me that his ears bleed when Reggie gets up to talk.

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