Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Moffett is stressing his tea party ties and business background in radio ads coming less than a week before Kentucky's primary election.
The Louisville businessman also tries to tap into voter discontent in the ads that debuted Thursday. Moffett complains about high unemployment, low wages and subpar schools.
Moffett says in the ads that to restore prosperity, voters need to stop electing the same politicians over and over again. That's a slap at campaign rival David Williams, president of the Kentucky Senate.
Moffett campaign manager David Adams said the ads are playing in markets across Kentucky, including Louisville and Lexington.
Also Thursday, Moffett picked up an endorsement from John Dennis, the California Republican who ran unsuccessfully against U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi last year.
Dennis announced his support for Moffett on Thursday, saying Kentucky needs a governor who will "stop the madness, the compulsive, obsessive plundering." He said Moffett believes in limited government, free markets and individual liberty.
Dennis also called on his supporters to make financial contributions to Moffett, who has raised only about $120,000 for his primary campaign against state Senate President David Williams and Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw. Williams is by far the best funded Republican candidate, having raised $1.2 million for his primary race.
The Republican winner will take on Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith in the general election.