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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‘s new AD WATCH feature.

September 9, 2010 at 10:50 am Staff

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  1. Bruce Bailey

    Sep 9th, 2010

    Americans for Job Security, eh? Job security for Repub Congressmen, maybe.

    I’ve been laid off twice in my life – both times, it was during a Republican administration. Just sayin’.

  2. Anonymous

    Sep 9th, 2010

    The ad going after Altmire implicitly and yet severely asks the question: What, EXACTLY is Rothfus for and how will he bring jobs to his district?? Negatives ads are useful, but this is a repression (1/2 depression, 1/2 recession), the people want answers, proposals, functioning programs, sponsored legislation from day one that gets us back on our feet and working. Rothfus shopuld stop running for Congress and tell us how he’s going to BE Congressman Rothfus. He might actually win then. Otherwise, he’s one talking point away from being another hack for the fringe element of the party.

  3. flynnbw

    Sep 9th, 2010

    The Lentz ad is relatively weak — it doesn’t really draw the line between Rep. Lentz’s votes in Harrisburg and Nancy Pelosi’s leadership in Washington. If these folks knew more about PA, they probably would have just left the Speaker out of it (or just kept that negative shot of her at the end) and focused on the horrible dysfunction of Harrisburg.

    Also, I really didn’t hear much of anything about “job security” in that ad — then again, Republicans put together a bunch of policies that led to manufacturing jobs leaving PA, so they clearly don’t have much to say about it.

  4. sue

    Sep 9th, 2010

    another front group funded by fatcats to hoodwink the “little people”???

    I really hate what the elimination of any campaign finance rules has done to our, already pathetic, discourse.

    These ads are the new carpetbagging-ugh!

  5. Steve

    Sep 9th, 2010

    Wow, Lentz has voted in Harrisburg to raise taxes by way more than $300 million. This ad lets him off easy!

  6. sick of it all

    Sep 10th, 2010

    Steve–stop drinking the tea!

  7. Steve

    Sep 10th, 2010

    Sick of it all, check out Lentz’s voting record in the state House. Obviously, you have not or don’t realize it because you would see all the increased taxes and higher spending he has voted for (not to mention all the borrowing). Lentz is EXACTLY what we don’t need in Washington right now!

  8. Hal Incandenza

    Sep 12th, 2010

    “claiming to independent”

    Dear Assholes,

    Verb+(you’re forgetting something)+preposition+adjective

    /acknowledges grammar criticism is the worst kind of web-commenting because it’s both elitist and dick-ish

    //doesn’t care because really, check yo shit!

  9. Anonymous

    Sep 16th, 2010

    Bruce & Sue, you are speaking like typical democrats – blaming “fatcats” and everyone else for the ills of society while you get to sit back, call yourselves the “little people” and feel sorry for yourselves. It’s annoying and doesn’t really contribute to an intelligent political discourse that this country needs.

  10. Matt from UD

    Sep 18th, 2010

    Anonymous, get a name so I can say “insert name here” is a whiny idiot. Another proud supporter of Pat Meehan, are you going to hold your trench coat over your face when you enter the voting booth? Americans for Job Security was started by a former RNC Chair, so I am sure it is open minded, unbiased group. Its membership carries a sliding fee of $200-$10,000 dollars; so I am sure it is not full of CEOs and yes, “fat cats” at all…(yes that is sarcasm)
    Steve, way to recite the ad verbatim in your first post, then expand on it in the second post with out confirming any thing or saying any thing substantive at all. If you don’t already work for the Meehan Campaign, you should apply, you really seem to have a firm grasp of how the R’s throw feces.
    Bryan Lentz is a decorated Veteran and a tough Prosecutor. His office administers to all his constituents equally, regardless of how they are registered to vote. Pat Meehan couldn’t even get petitions signed without committing forgery and election fraud, and he collected a wage for years as a federal DA and prosecuted NO ONE. This shouldn’t even be a race.

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