LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Republican challenger to Attorney
General Jack Conway tried to deflect criticism of his record as a
county attorney by reminding Kentuckians on Thursday of an infamous
attack ad aired by the Democratic incumbent in his failed run for
the Senate last year.
Republican candidate Todd P'Pool started running a TV commercial
that dredges up memories of Conway's "Aqua Buddha" ad attacking
Republican Rand Paul late in the heated Senate race.
In the 2010 ad, Conway focused on allegations Paul was
affiliated during college with a group that mocked Christianity and
worshipped a god he called "Aqua Buddha." Paul, who went on to
win the election, called the ad false and denounced it as gutter
In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Conway
distanced himself from the "Aqua Buddha" ad and said in hindsight
he would have done things differently.
P'Pool's ad, running in several Kentucky markets, says Conway
embarrassed Kentucky nationally with the personal attack. The ad
claims that Conway and his allies are "lying again" - this time
about P'Pool's record.
P'Pool's ad is meant as a defensive against an outside interest
group that criticized the Republican's work as a trial lawyer and
Hopkins County attorney. The group claimed instances when P'Pool
improperly billed state government while working on child support
payment cases and raised a client's fees in the middle of the case.
P'Pool says the attacks are false.
Campaign manager David Ray said the Republican brought up the
Senate ad because it "highlights Jack Conway's poor judgment."
"This is an attorney general that has displayed poor judgment
on a number of occasions and this is one of the most glaring
examples of that," he said.
P'Pool's ad hits on familiar themes, trying to align Conway with
President Barack Obama on health care and environmental regulation.
Conway campaign spokeswoman Allison Haley said it's the
Republican challenger who is focused on personal attacks.
"He's desperate and lying about Jack's outstanding record of
following through on his promises to make Kentucky safer and defend
our vital coal industry by suing the EPA," she said in a
Meanwhile, P'Pool's campaign said Thursday that former New York
City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will appear at a rally in Louisville next
Wednesday. Giuliani will be the second former GOP presidential
hopeful to pitch P'Pool in Kentucky, following Mike Huckabee's
appearance earlier in the fall campaign.
Conway campaign: http://jackconway.org/
P'Pool campaign: http://www.toddppool.com/
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