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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