Restoring America ads say Beshear is out of touch with out-of-work Kentuckians

11/01/2011 04:54 PM

Republican group Restoring America’s latest approach in its TV ads attempt to depict Gov. Steve Beshear as being preoccupied with the trappings of the office and out of touch with Kentuckians who are hurting.

The ads start today in the Louisville market and will start in Lexington and Northern Kentucky on Thursday, according to public ad files with Insight Communications, the parent company of cn|2.

The outside group has received more than $2.8 million from Terry Stephens, who runs Stephens Pipe & Steel in Russell Springs and is the father-in-law of Republican candidate David Williams.

The latest commercial, called “Worst Run,” opens with a blurred scene of a fancy dinner, while alleging that the campaign fundraising of Beshear has made him out of touch with reality.

The ad then cites job losses and a 2010 report by financial blog Wall Street 24/7 that ranked Kentucky as the worst run states in America.

Beshear has blamed any job losses on the national recession and has made his campaign theme one of being a good caretaker of the state and its finances during the recession. And the Beshear campaign has disputed the notion than 100,000 jobs were lost under Beshear, citing only one-third of that figure as accurate.

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