Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday released a campaign praising a controversial law she signed prohibiting the removal of Confederate monuments in Alabama.
In the 30-second spot, Ivey says “when special interests wanted to tear down our historical monuments, I said no!”
In response she signed a law to protect the monuments.
“We can’t change or erase our history, but here in Alabama, we know something Washington doesn’t — to get where we’re going means understanding where we’ve been,” she says in the ad as the camera pans around the Confederate memorial outside the state capitol building in Montgomery, Ala.
On May 25, 2017, Ivey signed into law the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act, which preserves all historical monuments on public property that have been in place for at least 40 years.
Ivey’s campaign said the ad is slated to run statewide for a week.
Ivey faces Huntsville mayor Tommy Battle, State Sen. Bill Hightower and Evangelist Scott Dawson in the June 5 Republican primary.
The winner will go on to face the Democratic nominee in the general election, to be selected among: Tuscaloosa mayor Walt Maddox; former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb, along with Christopher Countryman, James Fields, Doug Smith and Anthony White in the June 5 Democratic primary.
Watch the ad below: