Acting West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) released his first television spot Friday, contrasting the budget drama of other states to what he characterizes as the stability of West Virginia under his leadership. The ad opens with tumultuous scenes of Wisconsin protests before going into a montage of headlines on Tomblin's budget-related accomplishments. The ad, produced by Struble Eichenbaum Communications, is titled "Two Priorities."
"While other states are billions in debt and raising taxes --" one announcer begins, "West Virginia is stable and strong," another concludes. The ad, focused on fiscal issues throughout, ends with Tomblin saying "As governor, I have two priorities. Create jobs, and lower taxes."
Tomblin is the Democratic frontrunner , leading the field in polls and fundraising. The campaign plans to stay on the air through the primary. He's the fourth Democratic candidate to go on the air -- he joins state House Speaker Rick Thompson (D), Treasurer John Perdue (D) and acting state Senate President Jeff Kessler (D). The only major Democratic candidate who hasn't run a TV ad yet is Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D), who is expected to launch her first ad soon.
The gubernatorial primary, May 14, is now under a month away.