Kentucky AG Race: Todd P'Pool TV ads hammer Jack Conway on health care, energy policy
By David Godow
Republican Todd P'Pool, who has failed to pick up ground in opinion polls over six months of campaign, has unleashed three 30-second TV ads to better make his case to voters. Incumbent Democrat Jack Conway, who has benefited from considerable name recognition after his high profile (though unsuccessful) run for U.S. Senate last year, held a 25-point lead over P'Pool in an August 31 poll. Now, with time running out for P'Pool, his TV pitches to the people of Kentucky may be his last chance to slim down Conway's lead.
P'Pool's first ad, released on August 15, seeks to frame the candidate as a "devoted husband," a "man of faith," and a "crimefighting prosecutor." The ad references P'Pool's upbringing as the son of a coal miner who has promised to fight for Kentucky's coal industry against stricter Environmental Protection Agency regulations. P'Pool's background as a Hopkins County prosecutor also gets attention; the TV spot promises the candidate will crack down on crime if elected.
The second ad spot, "Law and Order," (released August 31) focuses on P'Pool's law enforcement credentials, trumpeting his 96% conviction rate as a county prosecutor and his endorsement by the Fraternal Order of Police. It promises to "crack down on drugs" and create a public corruption unit in the attorney general's office.
The campaign's final ad, entitled "Report for Duty," (released September 15) attacks P'Pool's opponent, Democrat Jack Conway. It accuses President Barack Obama of "destroying America" and criticizes Conway for supporting the president's policies on health care reform, the EPA, and abortion. Obama has seen his approval ratings sink to 39 percent in recent weeks, and efforts to link Conway's more progressive views with the president's could help P'Pool make up ground.
Watch all three of P'Pool's ads below: