Georgia 2018: After shotgun ad, Kemp features explosions and chainsaws

A screenshot from a Brian Kemp ad.
A screenshot from a Brian Kemp ad.

Fresh off a gun-filled ad that stirred controversy, Secretary of State Brian Kemp tried to outdo himself with a new 30-second spot that featured firearms, explosions and a pledge that he would "round up criminal illegals" himself if needed.

Kemp, one of five Republicans running for governor, is ratcheting up his TV messaging before the May 22 GOP primary. And he wanted to build on the attention – and free media – sparked by an ad earlier this month showing him cleaning a shotgun beside a young man courting his daughter.

This spot takes viewers through a barrage of images to remind voters of his tough-on-crime policies and his Second Amendment positions. It comes as polls show he's locked in a statistical tie for the second spot in a likely July runoff against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

“I’m so conservative, I blow up government spending,” he says, as a flash of fire and smoke erupt behind him.

“I own guns that no one’s taking away,” he says, pumping a shotgun.

“My chainsaw is ready to rip up some regulations,” he says, revving one up for good measure.

“I got a big truck, just in case I need to round up criminal illegals and take ‘em home myself,” he says slamming the door. “Yep, I just said that.”

“I’m Brian Kemp. If you want a politically incorrect conservative, that’s me.”

Watch the ad yourself:

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