Conservative group hits Altmire, Lentz in TV campaign
A conservative group that bills itself as business-friendly is running TV ads targeting Congressman Jason Altmire (D-4) and Democratic congressional candidate Bryan Lentz.
The ads from Americans for Job Security criticizes Altmire for claiming to independent from the Democratic leadership, and Lentz for his spending votes in Harrisburg.
The size and scope of the ad buys were not immediately clear. But Politico, in first reporting the group’s media campaign, said the ads would run for a month in four congressional districts.
Altmire faces Republican Keith Rothfus as he seeks a third term in the 4th District. Lentz is running against Republican Pat Meehan for the open seat in the 7th District.
Lentz’s campaign was quick to push back against the ad, noting that the group has been linked to health insurance industry funding and arguing that the ad buy was evidence that support from the “shadowy” group reflected “Republican concern” about Meehan’s campaign.
“At a time when insurance companies are gouging hard working families of the 7th District with outrageous premium hikes and pharmaceutical companies are making billions profiteering off the backs of seniors, it’s no wonder that Americans for Job Security are rushing in to rescue Pat Meehan so he can protect corporations in Congress,” Lentz campaign manager Kevin McTigue said.
See both ads below. They will be fact-checked later as part of pa2010.com‘s new AD WATCH feature.
September 9, 2010 at 10:50 am