Leeper, Smith at odds over ads
PADUCAH - In his latest television ad, State Senate candidate Rex Smith promised, "I'll go to Frankfort to shake things up and get things done."
Closer to home, it seems like the businessman has already shaken things up, most notably his opponent, Bob Leeper.
"You can't build yourself up by tearing someone down," Leeper said during a press conference Friday.
But, he said, that is what Smith is doing in his latest round of ads.
"The thing that bothers me about this is accuracy. If you don't answer this, it becomes the truth."
The ad in question announces: "Leeper's become a career politican who has taken tens of thousands from out of state interests, despite promising not to."
Leeper disputes the ad.
"I do not recall that promise and wish they would quit repeating that," he said.
The ad also claimed Leeper voted to raise his pay and perks. Leeper said he was one of only two Senators to vote against the retirement bill increase.
When asked about the ads, Smith could not recall specifics but said his team had done the research.
"I've never said anything personal on him. I've run on his record as a State Senator and that's fair game."
Smith shrugged off allegations he was running inaccuracies.
"If something on his record puts him on the defensive, that's just the way it's got to be, I guess."
But Leeper told the small crowd gathered outside his Lone Oak office it does not have to be.
"We need to stay positive so that the election's over we can hold our heads high."