RPK seeks to convince pro-life Democrats to join the Republican Party

05/02/2017 11:15 AM

With an online ad highlighting a partial statement from the chairman of the national Democratic Party the Republican Party of Kentucky is seeking to convince registered Democrats in the commonwealth to join the GOP with an abortion related message.

With a four-figure Facebook ad buy targeting Democrats in Kentucky the Republican Party of Kentucky is highlighting a quote from Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez.

In an April 21 story by the Huffington Post Perez told the left leaning outlet that everyone in the party should support a woman’s right to choose.

“Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health,” Perez told the outlet. “That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state.”

“At a time when women’s rights are under assault from the White House, the Republican Congress, and in states across the country,” he added, “we must speak up for this principle as loudly as ever and with one voice.”

The online advertisement from the Republican Party of Kentucky links to a website which calls for Kentucky Democrats who feel their party has left them after the statement from Perez to find a new home with state Republicans.

“Regardless of party, the majority of Kentuckians, both voters and our elected officials, are pro-life,” RPK spokesman Tres Watson said in a statement. “We want to make sure pro-life Democrats are reminded just how far the national Democratic Party has strayed from our shared principles and offer them the opportunity to switch their party registration to one more reflective of their values.”

The Kentucky Democratic Party sought to clarify the message from Perez, as well as and what the Kentucky Democratic Party was working towards.

Kentucky Democratic Party chairwoman Sannie Overly said the DNC chair said “he believes that every Democrat should support a woman’s legal right to make her own choices about her body and her health.”

“Seven in ten Americans hold this belief,” Overly said in a statement. “We know there are lots of Democrats in Kentucky who are personally pro-life, but also believe it’s not the government’s job to get involved in a woman’s personal medical decisions.”

In the statement, Overly continued her appeal to voters on economic, health and education related issues.

“As Democrats, we are focused on making sure everyone in Kentucky has a good-paying job, access to affordable health care, a secure retirement and a quality education,” she said.

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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