Thursday, October 16, 2003

Fletcher distances himself from GOP attack commercial



The Associated Press

LEXINGTON - Ernie Fletcher said Wednesday he had nothing to do with and "didn't endorse" a Republican Governors Association commercial attacking the way Ben Chandler, his opponent for governor, handled a $45 million settlement as attorney general.

"I probably would not have run that ad, probably would not have run that ad at all," Fletcher, a Republican and 6th District congressman, said during a forum with Chandler on Kentucky Educational Television.

The ad, which stays within campaign finance laws because it does not advocate the election or defeat of a candidate, claims the money should have been used for health care but is being wasted.

Chandler accused Fletcher's campaign of having "coordinated" with the Republican group, which Fletcher adamantly denied.




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