Pence Appears in Northup Ad with Verbal Jab

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's estranged lieutenant governor appeared in a new television ad Tuesday criticizing his boss - Gov. Ernie Fletcher.

In the ad for Fletcher challenger Anne Northup, Steve Pence says the governor failed to "clean up Frankfort" and "risks an even greater scandal with his secret legal defense fund."

The ad, the latest verbal jab in a hard-hitting race between one-time political allies Fletcher and Northup, debuted in some Kentucky TV markets Tuesday and will air statewide starting Wednesday, Northup's campaign said.

Fletcher campaign manager Marty Ryall took his own swipe at Pence, saying it was no surprise the lieutenant governor was backing a Fletcher rival.

"Half of Kentucky already knew what a traitor he was to the governor," Ryall said. "Now the other half can see it on TV for themselves."

As the last week of campaigning revved up before Kentucky's May 22 primary election, Northup picked up on a theme in the new ad, again challenging Fletcher to reveal contributors to the legal fund created after his entanglement in a hiring scandal.

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