Fallout from attack ads surfaces at GOP gubernatorial debate

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Republican primary for governor has turned negative with the airing of attack ads by an outside group supporting Hal Heiner’s campaign.

Heiner rivals James Comer and Matt Bevin confronted Heiner about the ads at a debate featuring all four GOP candidates Tuesday in Louisville.

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Bevin asked Heiner to repudiate the ad claiming a Bevin-owned company fell behind in paying its taxes. Bevin says the ad rehashes "old lies."

The ad against Comer takes aim at him for taking farm subsidies. Comer says Heiner received more farm subsidies on a per-acre basis for his small farm.

Heiner said the ads aren’t his and said he wants to be judged by what his campaign does.

The fourth candidate, Will T. Scott, drew laughs from the crowd by saying he’s staying out of that fight.


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