Thursday, January 8, 2004

D.C. group airing ads touting Kerr

The Associated Press

LEXINGTON - A Washington-based group has begun airing a commercial in central Kentucky to boost name recognition for Republican congressional candidate Alice Forgy Kerr.

The National Republican Congressional Committee began airing the television commercial Tuesday night.

"I think when you look at the dynamics of the race, it's not secret she's a little bit behind in name ID," said Carl Forti, spokesman for the group.

Kerr, a state senator, is running against former attorney general Ben Chandler in the Feb. 17 special election for the Lexington-based 6th District House seat that Gov. Ernie Fletcher just vacated.

Chandler's name is fresh in voters' minds because he ran a highly publicized, but unsuccessful, campaign for governor against Fletcher last year.

The ad cites Kerr's roles as a community volunteer, Sunday school teacher and lawmaker.

The NRCC would not say how much it spent on the commercials, but said that so far it has purchased time on all four Lexington stations for one week.

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