It has become conventional wisdom in the 2015 race for governor that one of Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway's greatest assets is the contentious Republican primary.
Highlighting that asset, the Kentucky Democratic Party released a new web video, titled "Slugfest," on Tuesday that demonstrates the heated turn the Republican field has taken in the last few weeks.
The state party said in a news release that the video shows "how the GOP primary has turned into a brutal, intra-party fight that is exposing the flaws in each candidate and will leave their ultimate nominee deeply wounded."
The video, featuring clips from news reports about the GOP primary, calls attention to super PAC ads running on behalf of former Louisville Councilman Hal Heiner and the subsequent responses from his opponents.
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Matt Bevin, a Louisville businessman and former U.S. Senate candidate, responded harshly, saying in one clip, "You'll never see me spreading lies about the other candidates."
Bevin, who has called for Heiner to denounce the ads, calls the super PAC's efforts "pathetic."
"It's what weak people do," Bevin says.
Another scene focuses on the super PAC ads that drew attention to farm subsidies that Agriculture Commissioner James Comer received before becoming commissioner.
Comer responds by saying Heiner has "gotten more farm subsidies per acre than I have. Significantly more."
The video features Bevin and Comer firing back at Heiner's super PAC, but it doesn't feature any comments from Heiner or from recently retired state Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott.
The video closes with Lawrence Smith, of WDRB-TV in Louisville, telling his audience: "Stay tuned, as the May primary is just over a month away."