Tim Holden’s hard-hitting ad, blasting Matt Cartwright for contributing to the campaigns of the ‘Kids for Cash’ judges, has the PA-17 challenger playing defense. In a new commercial released today, the Lackawanna County attorney fights back against the implication of a connection between him and the scandal.
“Tim Holden is trying to smear Matt Cartwright’s reputation,” says a narrator against a screenshot of the Holden ad. “The truth: Matt and Marion’s law firm supported dozens of Democrats. And during the ‘Kids for Cash’ scandal, Matt Cartwright spearheaded the effort to make sure juveniles were treated fairly.”
The rebuttal ad will be 100 percent of Cartwright’s TV presence on Thursday, and will move into the rotation on Friday.
News of the scandal, in which two Luzerne County judges sentenced juvenile defendants to private detention facilities in exchange for cash, broke in 2007. Cartwright and his firm most recently contributed to them in 2005.
Holden’s camp characterized Cartwright’s post-scandal efforts as window dressing.
“If I knew that me and my firm had given thousands of dollars to these crooked judges, I would try to save face, too,” said campaign manager Eric Nagy.