Regional
4:45 pm
Thu October 17, 2002

GPO Hopes to Link Democracts to Patton Scandal

Louisville – The Kentucky Republican party hopes it can link Democratic candidates with Governor Patton's sex scandal. The Courier-Journal reports the GOP has bought TV and radio ads in three districts saying their opponents have failed to "stand up to Paul Patton and the scandals in Frankfort". The Governor is being sued by nursing home operator Tina Conner who says Patton forced her business into bankruptcy after she ended their two year affair. The ads are targeting Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman David Boswell of Owensboro, State Representative Larry Belcher of Shepherdsville, and Louisville firefighter Bruce Roberts, who is challenging Senator Dan Sime. Democrats say the ads are unfair, and will prove to be ineffective. Senator Boswell told the Courier-Journal that the ads are an effort to establish guilt by association.