Matt Cartwright, the Lackawanna County attorney challenging Rep. Tim Holden, has done well for himself. Well enough to win a mention in Holden’s new negative ad.
“Now Matt Cartwright says he’s running for Congress because, ‘I don’t get a bang out of buying a new car any more.’”
Cartwright’s full quote, from a Times Tribune column in December, is a little less unflattering. He was discussing his ability to self-fund in the race (and indeed he has: $300,000 to date, bringing his total raised to about $600,000):
“I don’t think financing is going to be a problem,” Mr. Cartwright said. “I’ve come to the point in my life that either I do it now or I don’t do it … I’m 50 years old. I don’t get a bang out of buying a new car anymore. I get a bang out of helping people.”
It’s the second negative spot Holden has aired. The first criticized Cartwright for his campaign contributions to the two judges convicted in the “Kids for Cash” scandal.
Meanwhile, the super PAC Campaign for Primary Accountability began airing ads against Holden on Thursday.
Cartwright’s campaign said Holden was putting down the American dream.
“The continued signs of desperation from a 20 year incumbent are sad,” said Cartwright campaign manager Shane Seaver. “While Matt Cartwright has raised a family and created a successful family business, Tim Holden has been feeding off of taxpayer money and has in return voted against Health Care for all Americans, voted to allow Oil and Gas companies to hide the poisons they use when fracking and voted for tax cuts for the 1 percent. Tim Holden is putting down the American Dream and quite frankly, that’s un-American.”
In a response to the first his campaign produced a rebuttal spot in which he says, “I hate negative campaign ads. There’s no reason to sling mud at people.”
But he has not pulled punches thus far. A Holden supporter passed along the mailer below, and noted that Cartwright has been highly critical of Holden on the stump.
The supporter notes that many Democrats, including the-Sen. Barack Obama, supported the “Halliburton loophole.” Cartwright told PoliticsPA that he would have voted against the health care law. Finally, while Holden initially voted against the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, he voted in favor of the final passage of the law after it was amended by the U.S. Senate (which removed a controversial provision granting judges the unilateral authority to alter the principal amount of interest rate of debt).