Pro-Jack Conway super PAC ad sharpens focus on Matt Bevin's refusal to release tax returns

Democratic super PAC Kentucky Family Values is sharpening their messaging in their latest TV with a focus on Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin’s refusal to release his tax returns.

The 30-second ad released on Tuesday by the pro-Jack Conway PAC focuses on the “tradition” of gubernatorial candidates releasing their tax-returns for public inspection as a candidate.

The ad also turns to the previous tax delinquency claims made by the campaign of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in the 2014 GOP primary against Bevin, and numerous Democratic attacks in the gubernatorial campaign this year.

“It’s a tradition in Kentucky,” A male narrator says in the ad. “Candidates for Governor release their taxes, but not Matt Bevin.”

Bevin first told Pure Politics that the issue of tax filings was a distraction in the Election.

“I think people who want to be titillated by and distracted by things that have nothing whatsoever to do with building a better economy, they’re going to always want to talk about chickens or other peoples’ tax returns or whatever they want to talk about. It’s nonsense,” Bevin told Pure Politics in June.

While Bevin has flatly refused to issue returns when asked by reporter, he has said he will regularly release his income tax filings if elected.

Conway released his tax returns in mid-June showing $5 million invested in various energy stocks, according to a summary released by his campaign.

From our previous reporting on Conway’s returns:

The super PAC ad also goes back to the now stale attack over delinquent taxes against Connecticut-based Bevin Brothers Manufacturing Co. and Bevin’s $1.25 million Maine vacation home — claims refuted by independent fact checkers in 2013.