Ben Chandler Threatened With Slander Suit Over TV Ad

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A coal executive who has become one of the most recognizable faces in the 6th District congressional race, is threatening a slander suit against U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler over an ad running on Lexington TV stations.

Heath Lovell originally showed up in a hardhat and miner's garb in a TV ad earlier this month, supporting Republican challenger Andy Barr in the congressional race. Since then, the Chandler campaign has been running a spot claiming Lovell is not a miner.

Attorneys for Lovell sent a letter to Chandler on Monday, demanding the ad be taken off the air. Attached to that letter were certificates showing Lovell is a certified miner for underground and surface coal operations in Kentucky.

Chandler spokeswoman Meghan Groob didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

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