With a major hurricane disrupting the eastern seaboard, a storm nicknamed “Frankenstorm,” perhaps it was inevitable the bloodiest campaign in Kentucky would feature a masked trick-or-treat figure in a campaign ad just before Halloween.
Republican challenger Andy Barr began running an ad in his race against Democratic incumbent 6th District Congressman Ben Chandler in which a child goes trick-or-treating in a Chandler mask. When he rings a doorbell, an older woman comes to the door, and the child claims Chandler is “trying to scare old people like my Grandma.”
It’s an effort to combat Chandler’s charges that Barr and congressional Republicans want to reform or cut back Medicare in ways Democrats claim would “end Medicare as we know it.”
Chandler’s campaign criticized the ad and responded with an announcement the Democrat would air only positive ads over the final days of the campaign which comes to a close Tuesday.
Both candidates said during a televised debate Monday night on Kentucky Education Television they are tired of the negative ads and realize voters are as well — though that didn’t stop either from criticizing the other and at times stretching the truth about the other.
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