RGA launches first TV ad linking Conway to Obama

07/08/2015 09:31 AM

The Republican Governor’s Association is launching its first ad of the gubernatorial campaign seeking to tie Democratic candidate Jack Conway to President Barack Obama.

The ad titled: “Vague” is running statewide in what the RGA is calling a significant ad buy across broadcast and cable networks.

In the spot the RGA follows a similar track that has been used against Conway in past Elections. The group attempts to tie Conway to Obama saying the two Democrats are similar in their “vague promises.

The RGA ad specifically targets Conway over cap and trade. Cap-and-trade is essentially putting a limit on greenhouse gas emissions and letting producers trade credits to meet standards, a global warming reduction measure pushed by Obama.

The RGA argument stems back to Conway’s 2010 run for U.S. Senate against Rand Paul, when the GOP assaulted Conway for flip-flopping on the issue.

Several stories from 2009, including one from the Paducah Sun, said Conway did favor the reduction measure, though his campaign contended the story was wrong in 2010 when asked by the Lexington Herald-Leader.

During the 2010 campaign for Senate Conway, like the other candidates, opposed the cap-and-trade bill before Congress.

“Instead of standing up for Kentucky families, Jack Conway has consistently supported Barack Obama’s failed policies,” said RGA Communications Director Jon Thompson. “Conway’s extreme liberal agenda – including supporting Cap & Trade and Obamacare – shows his allegiance lies with national Democrats and Barack Obama, not the people of Kentucky. Jack Conway’s record is clear: he puts Obama first and Kentucky last.”

The Conway campaign responded to the ad calling the outdated claims false.

“It’s not surprising that an ‘East Coast Con Man’ like Bevin has East Coast allies who are following his playbook: throwing out false accusations and hoping to distract from Bevin’s own very real scandals — like his refusal to release his tax returns, his possible ethics violation and his failure to pay his taxes. Here in Kentucky we know that Jack Conway sued President Obama to protect Kentucky jobs, taking the issue all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and winning,” said Conway-Overly campaign spokesman Daniel Kemp. “And Jack is the only Democratic Attorney General in the country to sue Obama in order to protect Kentucky coal, because he always puts Kentucky values first.”

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@twcnews.com.



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