The Kentucky Democratic Party is calling on Republican attorney general candidate Todd P’Pool to explain a decade-old 911 call made by the Hopkins County Attorney’s aunt. Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported about an entry in a police log that showed a caller accusing the GOP nominee of causing a disturbance.
On August 29, 2001 at around midnight, Madisonville police were dispatched to the home of Nita Smaldone, P’Pool’s aunt by marriage, after she made a 911 call. According to police records, she alleged P’Pool was under the influence, but he described the incident as “a family disagreement” and Smalldone later said it was “a dispute over something very silly.”
But Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon says P’Pool should give voters a further explanation about what really happened during the incident because he’s running for attorney general.
“What actually happened that night that was so disturbing that Todd P’Pool’s own aunt was compelled to call 911 on him?” Logsdon said in a news release. “It is simply not acceptable for someone running to be the commonwealth’s chief law enforcement officer not to explain exactly why police had to be dispatched after midnight to deal with him.”
P’Pool is running against Democratic incumbent Jack Conway in a race that is increasingly becoming the center of attention in the statewide elections this November.
A spokeswoman with the Conway campaign says the police log raises “serious concerns about someone who is seeking to be the chief law enforcement office.”
In a telephone interview with WFPL, P’Pool campaign manager David Ray says the Republican candidate has explained the incident and the KDP is trying to distract voters by using the same campaign tactics Conway used in his failed bid for U.S. Senate last year.
“This obviously as a result of us gaining ground and momentum in this race. You don”t make this kind of desperate attack unless you’re worried about something. I mean, these are the people that gave us Aqua Buddha,” he says, citing the controversial attack ad Conway ran against now-U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., which was roundly criticized.
The contest is being marked by sharpened attacks by both sides, however.
For over 100 consecutive days, the Republican Party of Kentucky has asked Conway to answer questions about a drug investigation that focused on his younger brother, which the attorney general has called “mean and out of bounds.”