Whitney Westerfield denounces negative attacks in first campaign ad

10/22/2015 06:40 PM

Republican candidate for attorney general Whitney Westerfield decried negative attack ads in one of his first television spots of the general election.

Westerfield went on the air with two ads on Thursday, just 11 days before the Nov. 3 election. The first ad, titled “Fresh Start,” focuses on introducing Westerfield, the state Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, to voters.

The second ad from the campaign, titled “Earned,” features Westerfield turning directly to the camera to decry negative attack ads run against him by an outside group supporting his Democratic opponent, Andy Beshear, and Beshear’s campaign.

In the ad Westerfield says, “Andy Beshear is running ads that the (Lexington) Herald-Leader exposed as flat out lies,” he says.

The reference is to a profile penned by John Cheves of the Lexington Herald-Leader. in which Cheves writes that Westerfield’s former boss, Christian County Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor, called the ads “factually incorrect.”

From the profile:

Pryor said the Democratic group’s ad is factually incorrect when it states that “Whitney even got caught skipping court to get a pedicure.” On the occasion mentioned in the work evaluation, she said, Westerfield ran “a little late” for a Wednesday afternoon arraignment docket. But another prosecutor stepped in for a few minutes, and no cases were affected.

In a press release, Westerfield says that “people are tired of the false attacks and the same-old politics from the same-old politicians in Frankfort.”

“I have a record of accomplishment and experience I am proud of, and it has prepared me to be Kentucky’s next Attorney General,” he said. “I am excited to introduce myself to Kentuckians and to share my qualifications and conservative principles.”

The ads are running through the election on 12 broadcast stations statewide and on cable in northern Kentucky, south-central Kentucky and Evansville, Ind., according to Westerfield’s campaign.

Westerfield’s campaign manager, Andy Hightower, said the campaign will “close these final weeks building on his strengths.”

“The Attorney General race presents a clear choice to the voters of Kentucky,” said Hightower, “between Whitney’s positive message about his experience as a prosecutor and success as a Senator, and the Governor’s shakedown politics for his son’s false personal attacks.”


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