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.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is 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 his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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