State Senate Democratic nominee laughs off Republican opponent's attacks

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Kentucky State AFL-CIO endorsed Pugh.

Pugh calls the move "A desperate attempt to distract voters from the Bevin-Wheeler agenda"
PIKEVILLE, KY — This morning, voters in Pikeville received negative mailers designed to scare them into voting Republican in the March 5 special election for Kentucky Senate District 31. The piece was designed and paid for by the Republican Party of Kentucky, which is funded by national donors and special-interest PACs out of Washington, D.C.
Republican Phillip Wheeler's mail piece had nothing to say about his support for Matt Bevin's anti-teacher, anti-worker policies. Instead, it featured caricature renditions of Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton and falsely accused Democrat Darrell Pugh of being aligned with "Pelosi-Clinton liberal values."
Pugh chuckled at the thought, saying, "My opponent is confused, or maybe he is trying to confuse you. I am an Eastern Kentuckian with strong Mountain values: 100 percent pro-Life, pro-guns, and pro-coal."
Pugh continued: "Unlike my opponent, I will stand up to Bevin’s bullying of our children, teachers, school bus drivers, and first responders - and his reckless policies that are bad for the hard working people of Eastern Kentucky. Anyone who tells you otherwise is simply lying and cannot be trusted. This is a desperate attempt to distract voters from the Bevin-Wheeler agenda."
Pugh and Wheeler are vying to succeed Ray Jones who stepped down from the Senate to run for Pike County judge-executive. He was elected last November.