The Auditor General’s race goes to television.
Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb, one of six Democrats seeking the party nomination for Auditor General, released his first television ad of the primary campaign.
Lamb’s 15 second spot touts endorsements from various labor, teacher, and firefighter unions across the state and points to his experience in public office as proof that he believes that he’s the candidate best equipped to serve in the statewide office.
“For Auditor General, labor, teachers, and firefighters support Michael Lamb, because Lamb has the most experience cutting waste, and reforming government. Progressive, effective, Michael Lamb, the Democrat,” a voiceover reads in the 15 second ad.
The Lamb campaign said that the TV ad buy is in the six-figure range and went to television on Saturday May 16 and is expected to remain on the air through the election. A spokesperson added that the television ad is being aired in five different markets in the state: Erie, Johnstown-Altoona-State College, Lehigh Valley, Pittsburgh, and Scranton-Wilkes-Barre. The Lamb campaign said that the television ad is on broadcast in each of those five markets, while the ad is on both broadcast and cable in some markets.
The five other Democrats seeking the party nomination include former Lancaster County congressional candidate Christina Hartman, former Deputy Philadelphia Mayor Nina Ahmad, longtime Auditor General office employee Tracie Fountain, and state Rep. Scott Conklin (D-Centre), and Rosie Marie Davis, a Monroe County CPA.
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party did not endorse a candidate for the office at their winter meeting, although Lamb was the highest vote getter after one round of voting, but did not surpass the two-thirds threshold needed for the endorsement.