Western Representation PAC starts radio ad in support of Phil Moffett

04/21/2011 08:41 AM

A conservative group that had previously pledged to spend $100,000 in Kentucky’s Republican gubernatorial primary rolled out radio ads starting Thursday.

Western Representation PAC, a political action committee based in Nevada and chaired by former Alaskan U.S. Sen. candidate Joe Miller, will run the ads in the “western part of the state,” according to an e-mail sent to it’s supporters.

The group has come out in support of Louisville businessman Phil Moffett during the GOP primary.

In the e-mail, the group’s strategy chief, Dustin Stockton, said Western Kentucky will be an important area for Moffett to “win big in order to upset his establishment opponent in the primary.”

If the groups really means the far western part of the state, it is a curious choice considering a majority of voters west of Warren and Butler counties are registered Democrats who can’t vote in a GOP primary.

Moffett is running in a three-person primary with Senate President David Williams and Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw for the GOP nomination for governor. Moffett faces a significant fund-raising disadvantage to Williams, who has $669,000 on hand. Moffett’s report filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance shows he has a negative balance of $513.83, but he claimed that figure isn’t accurate and his amended report will show “about $20,000” in the bank.

The winner of the May 17 GOP primary will face Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who is running for re-election and independent Gatewood Galbraith in the fall.

The one minute ad asks listeners to reject “establishment politicians” that have run the state into the ground financially. But it does not specifically name Williams or Beshear by name. It ends by asking voters to support Phil Moffett during the primary and touts its endorsements as well as endorsements by two Kentucky tea party groups that Moffett has received.

You can hear the radio ad here: wrpac-kentucky1.mp3

An email to Stockton with follow-up questions about the ad was not returned.

-Reporting by Kenny Colston

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