The 30-second features Barletta discussing Casey salary while in office then asks “can you name one thing Casey’s done?”
“Bob Casey’s been in office so long he’s collected three million bucks, that’s like winning the lottery,” Barletta says.
“Bob Casey has been a career politician for 22 years, but can anyone really say what Casey has done for Pennsylvania? For eight years, Casey rubber-stamped Barack Obama’s liberal agenda, and now he is obstructing President Trump. It took Casey more than six years to pass his first law and 12 years to pass four. Making $3 million off the taxpayers while accomplishing nothing has been like winning the lottery for Bob Casey,” Barletta’s spokesman David Jackson said in a release announcing the ad.
Casey’s campaign took issue with many of the assertions in the ad.
“Congressman Lou Barletta’s ad is as hypocritical as it is dishonest. Congressman Barletta has run for office a dozen times over the last 23 years and taken nearly $2 million in government salary since getting elected two decades ago,” Casey’s spokesperson Max Steele said.
Casey’s campaign pointed to the claim he has only passed four bills while in the Senate.
“Senator Casey has passed more than 40 pieces of legislation, including landmark laws to combat sexual assault on college campuses and help Americans with disabilities. Most recently, he worked with Senator Toomey to pass into law legislation to honor our fallen first responders by helping their children pay for college. Pennsylvanians will see the Congressman’s attacks for what they are: the desperate spin of a desperate candidate,” Steele said.
The campaign pointed to a Tribune Review article recapping an editorial board meeting with Casey that reported he “pointed to bill after bill that he has shepherded through the Senate — 26 as lead sponsor and another 14 as lead Democrat.”
You can view the ad below.