The Chatter: Bevin, Paul make Politico's top ads of 2015; Paul tweets resolutions

01/02/2016 12:25 PM

After winning acclaim in Kentucky political circles, Gov. Matt Bevin’s campaign ad depicting Hal Heiner and James Comer as participants in a food fight has been named one of the top political spots for 2015 by Politico.

Actors armed with plastic utensils and bibs marked “Heiner” and “Comer” glare from across a kids-sized table before flinging baked beans, spaghetti and other food items at each other in the ad, which was released about a week before voters hit the polls.

“Running for governor is supposed to be about leadership, but Hal Heiner and James Comer are acting like children, throwing insults and attacking each other,” a female narrator says in the 30-second television ad as the food flies. “Kentucky can do much better.”

The spot then highlights Bevin, including a line about “grown-up leadership for Kentucky” that dovetails with his depiction of Heiner, who will serve as Bevin’s Education and Workforce Development Cabinet secretary, and Comer, who finished second to Bevin in the GOP primary by 83 votes and is now running for the U.S. House in the 1st Congressional District.

Politico rounded out its top ads of 2015 list with an online spot produced by America’s Liberty, a super political action committee supporting U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential bid.

The minute-long ad promoted a May debate in the U.S. Senate on the Patroit Act, mimicking over-the-top hype videos for monster truck rallies and professional wrestling events.

“Sunday, Sunday, Sunday. Get ready America for the biggest brawl for liberty of the century,” a male narrator says over video of flames shooting from the open mouth of a bald eagle.

The ad continues with an image of Paul’s head on the body of a bodybuilder, a smiling President Barack Obama behind a laptop computer with Matrix-style raining code in the background, Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz as “The Capitulating Canadian,” and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina behind the wheel of a burning 1997 Geo Metro.

The super PAC’s spot ends with an image of the top of the Capitol dome blowing off during a thunderstorm, allowing a bald eagle to fly from the flaming wreckage.

Paul tweets New Year’s resolutions

Pure Politics took a look at what Kentucky politicians may be wishing for in the New Year, but Paul took to Twitter on Friday to let everyone know exactly what he hopes to accomplish in 2016.

Much like his airing of grievances on the Seinfeld-created faux holiday “Festivus” Dec. 23, Paul included not-so-veiled shots at his fellow Republican presidential candidates like New York real estate mogul Donald Trump, Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Cruz.

He also included some encouragement for Bevin in his first year in office.

Paul took time to include some personal goals for this year. Some resolutions were self-deprecating while others were inspired by political issues pushed by the presidential hopeful.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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