Democratic mayoral candidate Greg Fischer will begin airing his first campaign television commercial this Tuesday, which he unveiled to campaign volunteers.
Here it is:
“Enough study, let’s build two new bridges.” — Greg Fischer
Entitled “Unsinkable Spirit,” the advertisement outlines Fischer’s work in the community and four campaign agenda items. They include job creation, opening up Metro government and building two new bridges.
“Enough study, let’s build two new bridges,” says Fischer.
Leading in the recent mayoral poll with 20 percent of the Democratic vote, Fischer may take some criticism, however, for apparently flip-flopping on the bridges issue. Earlier this year, the Louisville businessman told The Courier-Journal that “we must start with the East End bridge.” It’s a message he has repeated at different mayoral forums thus far in the campaign, but he’s now advocating that both bridges should be built, at least according to his own TV commercial.
In February, The C-J’s editorial board called Fischer out for supporting construction of the East End Bridge first. Though it gained him applause by some political observers the paper of record responded with this scolding message:
It was distressing, for example, to hear Democratic mayoral hopeful Greg Fischer say the other day that the effort should begin with a new East End bridge, with fixing Spaghetti Junction and building a new downtown bridge to come later.
It shouldn’t be necessary to repeat this for mayoral candidates, but here goes: The record of decision for the project is a done deal, arrived at after years of study and discussion and agreed to by a broad consensus of the political and business leadership in two states. It calls for both bridges to be pursued at the same time, and for good reason. The downtown bridge is needed primarily to meet the area’s transportation needs; the eastern span will be an economic development boon.
If the project is to move forward, it is imperative that the next wave of community leaders get with the plan.
It’s possible that in the advertisement, Fischer doesn’t necessarily mean building both bridges at once, but it appears unlikely given the C-J’s marching orders. LEO Weekly was unable to get a comment from the Fischer campaign for this story.