FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Tea party favorite Thomas Massie is facing attacks in Kentucky's 4th District congressional race, a sign that other candidates consider the relative newcomer to politics the man to beat in a seven-way Republican primary.
The latest strike was a circular, complete with an altered photo showing a smiling Massie clutching a wad of cash, that blames Massie for double-digit unemployment in Lewis County where he is the newly elected judge-executive. The mailer came on the heels of a TV ad that also blames Massie for the high unemployment.
Both were paid for by Massie's chief rival, Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore.
Moore campaign manager Jonathan Duke said anyone who questions the criticism of Massie is "adverse to the facts." Massie campaign chairman Phil Moffett called the attacks acts of desperation.