By Jack Brammer
FRANKFORT – Democrat Bill Adkins is rolling out the first TV ad against his Republican opponent Thomas Massie in their race for Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District.
The district encompasses Northern and northeastern Kentucky, along the Ohio River, southwest to Jefferson County and parts of the Northern/Central counties of Kentucky. U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Hebron, decided not to seek re-election this year for the district’s seat.
In a news release Wednesday, the Adkins campaign said it wanted to get out front in TV ads because it expects a Texas SuperPAC that contributed about $500,000 to Massie’s primary election in May to spend much on the fall race.
The ad questions Massie’s fiscal actions as judge-executive of Lewis County. It will initially air on cable markets throughout the district beginning Friday.
“I have promised to run a strong campaign focused on the tough issues facing our state and hope that my opponent will not expect outside money to buy this election,” Adkins said in a release. “The voters deserve an honest debate on the issues and to hear the view and positions of both candidates. That is what democracy is all about.”
“Voters in the 4th District need to know the truth about Thomas Massie,” said Adkins, a Grant County attorney. “His broken promises and failings as a 1 ½ year Lewis County judge-executive, his radical positions and association with out-of-state Texas SuperPAC money are all fair game in this election.”
Phil Moffett, campaign chair for Massie, said Massie won the primary election in May because “he was the best candidate and he will win the general election in November because he’s the best candidate.”
Moffett said he had “no idea” what the ad’s contents were referring to.