Thieneman ad attacks Heiner

Hoping to close the 17-point gap in the recent mayoral poll, the latest television advertisement from Republican candidate Chris Thieneman goes after Metro Councilman Hal Heiner, R-19, over job attraction.

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With the May 18 primary approaching, Thieneman is expected to turn up the heat in the GOP mayoral primary. For the past month, the hits have been harder and harder thanks to the political activists, who also launched a website devoted to slamming Heiner for moving 500 jobs to Southern Indiana.

Shortly after announcing his mayoral candidacy, Heiner was criticized for touting job creation while his private company, Capstone, profited from a project that took jobs across the bridge. It’s a subject that LEO asked the east end Republican about during our one-on-one interview last year.

Dubbed “Heiner’s Heist,” the site contrasts the GOP primary debate over whether job attraction should be focused in the city or region.

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“It’s about Louisville first because we’re the economic engine,” says Michael Wray, a Thieneman campaign spokesman. “Anytime you hear Hal talk about job attraction he talks about it as a region.”

Meanwhile, the Heiner campaign says it’s eager to have a debate about job attraction. And when Thieneman kept slamming the east Louisville councilman about this issue earlier in the campaign, the Heiner campaign responded: “The statements are especially concerning because Hal’s opponent does not realize that businesses and families rely on the regional nature of our economy. His opponent’s lack of understanding of the basic economics of job creation has led the campaign to set the record straight.”