Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) has gone from being a safe incumbent to a top target in two weeks. The House Democratic Campaign Committee will air this ad about Toohil’s recent embarrassing online video scandal to the tune of $100,000.
Capitolwire first reported the ad buy Wednesday evening. It’s running on network TV in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre market.
Update: Capitolwire also learned that the money was raised by former Rep. Todd Eachus, the man Toohil defeated in 2010, specifically for this ad.
“Now Toohil wants children to learn from her example. But Toohil slashed $19 million dollars from Luzerne County schools.”
PoliticsPA obtained the ad from a Democratic operative in Luzerne County.
On paper in early 2011, Toohil might have looked like a prime target. A Republican who rode the 2010 tidal wave, she defeated Majority Leader Eachus in a Democratic district. But oddly, the race had been a sleeper – until this month.
An embarrassing video surfaced showing photos of her with drug paraphernalia and more, and it’s gone downhill from there. She’s had a bad headline – about questionable funding of a trip overseas, her relationship with another state Rep., etc – nearly every day. All of which is referenced in the ad.
Her Democratic challenger is Ransom Young, a farmer who served for 28 years as a Butler Township Supervisor. He’s kept on the attack.
PoliticsPA is seeking comment from Toohil.