Governor Demands Children Be Off Limits in Political Ads

( – Democratic Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear demanded his GOP opponent Attorney General Daniel Cameron on September 7 agree that their children should be off limits in political advertisements. The liberal leader made this claim after a Super PAC supporting Cameron released a controversial ad where that showed Beshear’s underage daughter.

The Protect Freedom PAC, which is aligned with Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul, released the political advertisement titled “Dream Business” on the morning of September 7. The ad shows business owners of the city criticizing the governor’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and includes footage of his 10-year-old daughter. She can be seen standing next to Beshear during a press conference in 2020, where he was telling reporters how to wear a mask during the lockdowns imposed to contain the virus.

During an interview with Fox News, the governor’s campaign manager Eric Hyers blasted the Super PAC for taking this step. He told the network that it was deeply wrong and “absolutely inexcusable” to use Beshear’s 10-year-old daughter in an attack ad. He added that the governor’s campaign has been clear that it would never use any photo or video of the political rival’s child in this type of political advertisement. Hyers then called Cameron to publicly say if he agreed with this stance, or if he supported and endorsed what the Protect Freedom PAC did.

When asked about Paul’s involvement in the ad, Bashear’s campaign manager said that every political figure in the United States knows some lines should never be crossed. He also said this includes every political campaign and pointed out that using the opponent’s son or daughter “is one such line.” Hyers then noted that if the Kentucky Senator plans to maintain this ad on air, he should at least take Basher’s daughter out of it as soon as possible.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Super PAC has been running political ads supporting Cameron since Paul asked it to boost his campaign in August.

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