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Aug 25, 2011 10:00 PM

Williams' Wife Calls PAC's Attack Ads 'Disgusting'

FRANKFORT (AP) - An independent group's attack ads that depict Republican gubernatorial nominee David Williams as a big-spending Frankfort politician and a gambler aren't sitting well
with his wife, who called them "disgusting."

One ad, paid for by the Kentucky Family Values PAC, criticizes Williams for spending $17,000 to upgrade his Capitol Annex office, including the purchase of a 60-inch television. Another claims that
Williams rails against the evils of gambling by day but that he goes to casinos at night.

"There's a whole lot better way they could spend their money than to disparage somebody personally," Robyn Williams told reporters at a Kentucky Farm Bureau breakfast in Louisville on
Thursday. "I think it's disgusting."

David Williams, who is seeking to unseat Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, has been taking a thrashing from the independent political group on Kentucky's airwaves over the past month.

The Williams campaign hasn't responded with spots of its own to refute the attacks.

"I really don't think they're saying anything to respond to," David Williams told reporters Thursday. "And I'm not going to be in the business of responding to every negative ad or mudslinging that comes up."

Polls show David Williams trailing Beshear by more than 20 percentage points with more than two months remaining before the Nov. 8 election.

The Williams campaign could get a boost Thursday evening with a fundraiser headlined by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, giving some hope to a candidate who has lost two campaign managers since the May primary.

"So, we feel very good about what's happening," David Williams said.

Both the Williams and Beshear campaigns have been closely guarding fundraising information. As of June, the last time the candidates filed campaign finance reports, Beshear had some $2.7
million in the bank, and Williams less than $100,000. But the Williams campaign has had major fundraisers since then, including one that generated more than $500,000.

"We have adequate resources to provide a vigorous campaign," David Williams said Thursday.

A third gubernatorial candidate, Lexington attorney Gatewood Galbraith, is running as an independent, but has raised relatively little campaign cash.

Beshear, who chose former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson as his running mate, said he "feels good" about his fundraising and polling.

"The numbers are all looking great right now," he said. "Jerry Abramson and I are working like we're 10 points behind, and that's the way we'll run every day until Nov. 8.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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