A largely friendly race between the Republican candidates vying for Kentucky’s frail Democratic governor Andy Beshear took a turn this week when allies of former UN Ambassador Kelly Craft took aim at Attorney General Daniel Cameron, describing him as a “soft teddy bear.” of the establishment”. “
The group, Commonwealth PAC, launched the ad titled “Teddy” on Monday, just a day before the race’s first Republican primary debate.
“Daniel Cameron is nice, but he’s not a strong conservative in Kentucky,” the ad says. “When the Biden administration tried to stop the construction of the border wall, the Republican attorneys general filed suit against Biden’s waking agenda. But Daniel Cameron refused to sign.”
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Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron (left) and former UN ambassador Kelly Craft (right). (Getty Images)
“With illegals and deadly fentanyl pouring across Biden’s open borders, who would we rather have as Kentucky’s leader? A conservative grizzly bear, or Daniel Cameron, the cuddly teddy bear of Kentucky?” it said.
Cameron’s campaign released a statement responding to the ad on social media
“It’s flattering to be attacked so early because it shows the strength of our lead, as well as exposing the fact that my opponents know they can’t win on their own. I know voters are smart – they’ll see this for what it is – folly,” he said.
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In addition, he changed the profile picture of his campaign Twitter account to a teddy bear wearing a t-shirt that read, “I (heart) Cameron.”
Cameron won the endorsement of former President Donald Trump early in the race, while Craft has so far received the endorsement of Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., the chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee.
Craft and Cameron are joined by 10 other Republican candidates in the race, including Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles. Cameron, Craft and Quarles are credited as the first frontrunners to consider statewide support through early statements of support and fundraising.
State of Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles speaks onstage during the 2022 Concordia Lexington Summit – Day 2 at Lexington Marriott City Center on April 8, 2022 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Jon Cherry/Getty Images for Concordia)
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The primaries will take place on Tuesday, May 16.
Brandon Gillespie is an associate editor at Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @brandon_cg.