Political Ad Causes Controversy

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

An upcoming special election is less than two weeks away and one race is heating up.

The race for Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo's old senate seat has two familiar faces squaring off... Scott Alexander and Brandon Smith.

Now a radio ad is causing some controversy.

Republican Senate Candidate Brandon Smith recently sent out a letter to media outlets across the state saying a political advertisement from his opponent is quote blatantly false.

Smith thinks the ad should be pulled, “We weren't surprised they went negative but we were surprised they would be so defamatory with their accusations,” Smith said.

“Every letter and every word in that ad is accurate, I think this is a desperate attempt by my opponent to not let the people know about his voting record,” Scott Alexander said.

Democratic Senate Candidate Scott Alexander calls into question Smith's voting record in the 2004 Budget Session.

The voting record for March 9th 2004 shows Representative Brandon Smith voted Against the proposed budget.

In Alexander's radio ad the challenger claims Smith turned his back on Eastern Kentucky.

Here’s an insert from the radio ad; But in the 2004 state budget, Representative Brandon Smith chose to support Governor Ernie Fletcher over us and voted to cut our share of the coal severance tax instead of standing up for us and our communities.

Alexander says the budget Smith voted against actually contained coal severance tax projects for Eastern Kentucky.

“I do not know all of the details of it, but I do know our coal severance projects was in that bill,” Alexander said.

“If you're going to say something about me, say something that's truthful. If there's a vote out there that I've taken, bring that out there and we'll debate it, we'll discuss it,” Smith said.

While the two candidates for Senator disagree on what the 2004 vote was for, one thing they both agree on, is the importance of coal severance tax funds for Eastern Kentucky.

The special election for the senate seat is "Super Tuesday" February 5th..

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  • by Lee Mills Location: wymt viewing area on Jan 26, 2008 at 02:22 PM
    Everyone needs to call and verify Scott's record if you want the truth about Scott Alexander It's your last chance dont take a stackup over your representation we already see how that's going what happened to the campaign promises of the present administration's working together or was that just another campaign speech to further the casino's that the majority dont want here.People need their money to live mothers for children and FOOD and GAS to work we already cant afford those 2 on the wages most of us earn but Remember when the smoke clears we had better have someone like Smith fighting back for us here in bell leslie harlan well everywhere that he can get some work in Alexeander will again say YES BOSS you can see it in his face NO CLUE!1 last thought does this sound like a republican comment it's not I vote Democrat but I see the light in this one and I'm not happy bout it may switch parties (no I cant do that) but really think and seek this one out. Thank You
  • by Voter Location: Hazard on Jan 25, 2008 at 03:56 AM
    Do we have anyone else who may be interested in running for office. these 2 are a joke, both are only concerned for themselfs. morals are important when representing the people, neither of these 2 have any. like the old saying " the pot calling the tea kettle black".
  • by Republican but 4 Location: bell county on Jan 24, 2008 at 08:23 PM
    I am a Republican. But I believe Scott Alexander is the right choice for this senate seat. To get things done you need the senate and governor to get along. Is beshear for Smith or Alexander? He endorses Alexander. you do the math folks alexander is best choice to work to help you. So go vote and Vote Alexander for State Senate and hope for progress. I think democrats are stepping up and we need more in bell county i may would switch if it would become stronger here.


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