Ad Watch: Governor’s Edition
Although the money being thrown around is not nearly as much as the U.S. Senate campaigns, the media buys for the governor’s race certainly are not peanuts.
Today, we feature the latest ads released by the GOP gubernatorial candidates in their quest to win your vote in the May 17 primary.
We also fact-check claims made by the candidate in the ad.
Bill McSwain: The Law and Order Candidate
Claim: “I jailed politicians who stuffed ballot boxes.”
Check: McSwain indicted former U.S. Congressman Michael “Ozzie” Myers with multiple counts, including conspiring to violate voting rights by fraudulently stuffing the ballot boxes for specific Democratic candidates in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Pennsylvania primary elections, bribery of an election official, falsification of records, voting more than once in federal elections, and obstruction of justice. Myers is alleged to have bribed Domenick J. Demuro, the Judge of Elections for the 39th Ward, 36th Division in South Philadelphia. Demuro, a Democrat, was charged separately and pleaded guilty this past May. He was responsible for overseeing the entire election process and all voter activities of his Division.
Jake Corman: Not Your Typical Political Ad
Claim: I ended his mask mandates for kids.
Check: Corman joined a group of parents in a lawsuit asking the PA courts to halt Gov. Tom Wolf’s mask mandate. The Commonwealth and Supreme Courts agreed.
Dave White: Born That Way
Claim: “The radical left calls this critical race theory. It claims America is systemically racist and demand this be taught to our children.
Check: Critical Race Theory is an approach to studying U.S. policies and institutions that is most often taught in law schools, according to Reuters. Its foundations date back to the 1970s, when law professors including Harvard Law School’s Derrick Bell began exploring how race and racism have shaped American law and society. The theory rests on the premise that racial bias – intentional or not – is baked into U.S. laws and institutions.
Lou Barletta: Biden Air
Claim: “An airline flight carrying illegal immigrants was secretly flown into Lehigh Valley International Airport … in the hope that no one would notice.”
Check: Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) says those flights were not secret and were legitimately carrying unaccompanied children as authorized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Cartwright also said during a news conference that flights into another site (Scranton) were were chartered as part of the federal government’s refugee reunification process.