Democrat David Boswell got the latest in a string of boosts from Washington on Thursday when a group of nearly 50 moderate and conservative congressional Democrats endorsed his bid to represent Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District.
Earlier this week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee began airing a television commercial on Boswell's behalf that sparked the ire of Republicans, who said it made a false and libelous claim that GOP candidate Brett Guthrie's family-owned company "shipped manufacturing work to Mexico instead of doing the job here."
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Guthrie responded to the DCCC Thursday with his own commercial saying it's "flat-out not true" and calling on Boswell to "try some honesty."
"We've created 500 jobs right here in Kentucky with good wages, health care and free tuition," Guthrie says in the 30-second ad. "Our success comes from honesty and Kentucky pride."
Trace Die Cast, Inc., which is owned by Guthrie's family, operates only in Bowling Green. It builds auto parts that are sold to a Mexican factory, which performs other work before those parts return to Bowling Green's Corvette plant for installation. At least one station, WAVE-3 in Louisville, has refused to air the ad.
The 2nd Congressional District includes south Louisville, Owensboro, Elizabethtown and Bowling Green.
Boswell told reporters Thursday on a conference call that he has not seen the DCCC's ad.
"If there's something I found that's not factual or distasteful, I'll notify whoever I need to notify," he said.
Boswell said his campaign, which began running ads touting his conservative beliefs, will air ads that are "positive and that's the way we'd like to keep it."
His commercial highlights his "pro-life and pro-gun" voting record in the state Senate, where he has represented Owensboro for 19 years. Guthrie is a Republican state senator from Bowling Green.
U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, who announced the endorsement with Boswell on a teleconference, said Boswell's voting record was one of the reasons the Blue Dog Democrats — a group of conservative-leaning lawmakers of which Chandler is a member — voted unanimously Wednesday to back Boswell and invite him into that caucus if he's elected.
The race for the open seat created by the retirement of Republican U.S. Rep. Ron Lewis has emerged as one of the most competitive in Kentucky.