Two new ads in House District 14 are attacking Ken Guin, a Democrat and the House Majority Leader, for “Enjoying the perks of office – on our dime.”
The mailer is titled “All in a Day’s Work”. Inside the fold it features a picture of a large home and a Porsche, both “THAT YOU PAID FOR” the ad reads. The big hitter in the ad is a claim that Guin receives “as many as THREE different government paychecks that total more than $130,000 per year.”
The claim cites a 2007 article by The Birmingham News, “Lawmaker paid by 2 schools for the same work” that you can read in its entirety here. According to the Birmingham News piece, Guin received two salaries simultaneously from Shelton State Community College and Bevill State Community College totaling over $98,000 in addition to his legislative salary from the time of his hire in December 1999 to the time of the article’s publishing in March 2007.
While the article does not detail all of his responsibilities for the two schools, it says, “[Guin] often submitted the same work reports to both schools and made reference to his state legislative business in some work summaries.” It goes on to say that the reports were submitted monthly for at least his first year, but they became as infrequent as three in 2003 until he started to submit them monthly again in mid-2006.
The mailer was paid for by the Alabama Republican Party and can be viewed here (pdf).
A radio spot paid for by the 136 Years PAC also features the Birmingham News article in addition to pointing out, “Ken Guin voted himself a 62% legislative pay raise.”
Click play to hear it.
Guin is running against Republican Richard G. Baughn in his quest for a fifth term in the house. Baughn is a political newcomer, and a UPS truck driver. Guin recently criticized Baughn for calling himself a “businessman” in a direct mail piece.