NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lamar Alexander’s first ads of his re-election campaign feature fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a tea party favorite from neighboring Kentucky.
The Alexander campaign announced Friday it has bought $180,000 worth of ads to run over two weeks on broadcast and cable television and on the radio.
The ads highlight Alexander’s successful effort to place a moratorium on an Army Corps of Engineers plan to erect barriers to prevent people from fishing below dams on the Cumberland River. (It was, says Alexander in the radio version, “one of the most extreme cases of government overreach in history.”)
The spot includes video of Paul saying: “Nobody wants to say no to Lamar Alexander.”
Alexander’s campaign had $1.8 million on hand through the first quarter of the year. While some tea party groups have grumbled about a third term for Alexander, no Republican challenger has emerged so far.
Note 1: Politico says Alexander collected $2 million in second quarter fundraising and has some details on the ad, HERE.
Note 2: The Alexander campaign news release, with links to the radio and TV versions of the ad, is below.
News release from Lamar Alexander re-election campaign:
NASHVILLE, TN – Lamar Alexander’s re-election campaign today announced the launch of its first television and radio advertisements.
Watch “Fish” Television Ad: http://youtu.be/Fue3cy229-8
Listen to “Fish” Radio Ad: http://youtu.be/ttbFh8DWQxk
The advertisements will highlight Lamar’s recent legislative success in stopping the overreach of the federal government barring access to fishing below the dams on the Cumberland River. This issue is of importance to more than 900,000 Tennesseans who carry fishing licenses.
The 30 second television spot features Senators Lamar Alexander and Rand Paul and will air statewide with a particular emphasis in the Middle-Tennessee region most impacted by the legislation. A 60 second radio ad featuring Senators Lamar Alexander, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul will also begin the week of July 8. The total two-week gross media buy, inclusive of broadcast, cable and radio, is budgeted at just under $180,000.
This media buy compliments the campaign’s periodic release of web stories highlighting Lamar’s ongoing efforts to stand up for Tennesseans. Of note is the campaign’s recent release of a web video featuring Rutherford County business owner Shane Reeves discussing Obamacare’s impact on his business. The campaign will continue to release web stories throughout the summer including testimonials from a songwriter, an auto industry executive, a school principal, college students and others.
The Alexander campaign is chaired by Congressman Jimmy Duncan with co-chairmen Governor Bill Haslam, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Speaker Beth Harwell as well as Congressmen Blackburn, Roe, Black, Fincher and Fleischmann.
The campaign’s Honorary Co-Chairmen include former U.S. Senators Howard Baker, Bill Brock, Bill Frist and Fred Thompson as well as former Governors Winfield Dunn and Don Sundquist.
Serving as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Statewide Committee to Elect Lamar Alexander are all 13 living former state Republican Party chairs.