FRAKNFORT, Ky. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate David
Williams began airing his first TV ad of the general election
campaign on Tuesday, a warm and fuzzy 30-second spot that talks
about his father's influence.
Williams, a Burkesville attorney and lawmaker, said in the ad
airing on Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Lexington, Louisville, Paducah
TV stations that he has spent his life trying to live up to the
standards set by his father, former Cumberland County Clerk Lewis
"Some days I've met those goals, and others I have not," he
says, speaking directly into the camera. "But along the way I've
tried to help people get a better education, find a good job, and
improve their lives."
Williams, the longtime state Senate president, is challenging
Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear in the Nov. 8 election. The
better-funded Beshear has been airing campaign ads for months
Beshear and running mate Jerry Abramson went up Monday with two fresh television ads, both of which promote the economic incentives that Kentucky has made available for business and industrial expansion. One ad includes testimonials from a small business owner and workers.
Neither ad makes specific claims about the number of jobs
created. But both suggest Beshear has fostered a business-friendly
climate in the state over his three-plus years at the helm.
Williams campaign manager Luke Marchant said the ads are
misleading because Kentucky actually has lost tens of thousands of
jobs under Beshear's leadership.
"Watching Steve Beshear and Jerry Abramson brag about supposed job creation is like watching two foxes explain to a bunch of
chickens what great services they are rendering to the coop,"
Marchant said in a statement.
Beshear and Williams are expected to get opposition from an
independent candidate later this week when Lexington attorney
Gatewood Galbraith officially enters the race.
Galbraith said he plans to submit more than 7,000 signatures to
state election officials on Thursday. That's more than the 5,000
required under state law to get his name on the ballot to run as an
independent gubernatorial candidate.
The perennial candidate filed paperwork last December declaring
his intent to enter the governor's race. That declaration wasn't
enough to earn him a spot in the first gubernatorial forum set for
Wednesday in Louisville.
The Kentucky Farm Bureau invited only Beshear and Williams to
the forum. Galbraith said he considered his exclusion a snub.