HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate
Steve Henry said Friday night that he was pulling new television
commercials that attacked two main rivals in next week's election -
Steve Beshear and Bruce Lunsford.
One ad hit Lunsford for the eviction of a few dozen patients
from one of his nursing homes. It singled out Beshear for enforcing
a U.S. Supreme Court ruling years ago ordering the removal of the
Ten Commandments from Kentucky classrooms.
"Sometimes you like a spot and sometimes you don't, and I just
didn't like them," Henry told The Associated Press before speaking
at a Democratic dinner in this southern Kentucky city.
"I have to be able to like and feel good about my positions. I
want to feel good about the way I run for office, and I didn't like
them. And as the candidate, I got to make that call today. That was
my call, and I made it."
Henry's campaign rolled out two new ads Thursday night - one for
western Kentucky and the other elsewhere in the state - that went
after Lunsford and Beshear. Henry said both ads would be taken off
Henry's ads reflected a new aggressive tactic in what had been a
relatively peaceful Democratic race leading up to next Tuesday's
primary. The candidates took a pledge not to attack each other and
had run positive TV ads focused on their backgrounds and campaign
Henry, a former lieutenant governor, said he expected the ad
would stop running by Saturday.
The ads hit the airwaves on the same day a poll showed Henry
trailing Beshear and Lunsford in the six-candidate race for the
Democratic nomination for governor. The statewide Bluegrass Poll
was published in The Courier-Journal of Louisville.
Beshear spokesman Robert Kellar said Henry's decision to pull
the ads "tells voters a great deal about what kind of governor
that he thinks he would be. He doesn't apparently read or watch
things before they go out with his name on it."
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