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NRCC’s first ads target most competitive races

The Republican Party’s first slate of general election TV ads in Pennsylvania is coming to homes in the state’s four most competitive House districts.

The National Republican Congressional Committee on Saturday unveiled spots targeting Congressmen Patrick Murphy (D-8) and Paul Kanjorski, Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper, and 7th District candidate Bryan Lentz. In the cases of Dahlkemper and Lentz, the NRCC is taking to the airwaves before its candidates.

The ad against Lentz says the two-term state lawmaker “makes bad choices,” citing budget votes in Harrisburg. The spot against Kanjorski says that, during his long incumbency, the northeast Pennsylvania Democrat has “become more like them, and less like us.” The ad against Dahlkemper says she’s failed to live up to her pledge to be an independent lawmaker. The spot targeting Murphy says he voted for a “failed stimulus.”

The 7th, 11th, 3rd and 8th Districts Districts are ranked one through four, respectively, on the Congressional Power Rankings.

See the ads below. They will be fact-checked later as part of’s new AD WATCH feature.

This article was updated to include information about a fourth ad, the one targeting Patrick Murphy.

September 18, 2010 at 1:22 pm Staff

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  1. David Diano

    Sep 19th, 2010

    I saw this ad. That shows how worried they are about Lentz as a real threat.

    FACT CHECK: Lentz did NOT cast the “deciding” vote.

    The vote was

    YEAS 102
    NAYS 96
    LVE 5
    N/V 0
    TOTAL 203

    So, unless Lentz’s vote counted 7 times, he didn’t make the “deciding” vote.

  2. P. O'Neill

    Sep 19th, 2010

    David, you need a majority of the votes cast. 102 is the number needed. Lentz’ vote was the deciding vote. If he really stood behind his record, shouldn’t Lentz be bragging that his vote WAS the deciding vote?

  3. steelersfan

    Sep 19th, 2010

    Interesting that Critz is not a target. The GOP gave up all chances here when they stabbed the Colonel in the back during the primary. The party could have had a real Tea Bag leader and instead they got a Wall Street millionaire who cannot raise any money. That tells you that even his rich friends are not willing to throw away money on a sure loser.

  4. Gitmo

    Sep 19th, 2010

    P Oneill, a majority of the votes cast (198) would be 100, not 102.

  5. David Diano

    Sep 19th, 2010

    P O’Neil-

    Are you claiming that a Yes-97 No-96 LVE-10 vote would not have passed?

  6. Steve

    Sep 19th, 2010

    PA has a Constitutional majority to pass legislation. You need 102 yes votes in the Houseto pass a bill, not a simple majority of those voting. So yes, the add is correct. If Lentz had voted NO or not voted, the bill would have failed even with 101-96 votes.

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