The ad features Tony Brnusak, a retired miner, talking about Casey’s work to extend healthcare benefits for 20,000 retired miners that were about to expire.
“I spent 40 years in the coal mines. Just like my dad before me. So it was a slap in the face when the government threatened to strip away our health insurance. Benefits we earned and Washington guaranteed. Bob Casey said, ‘no way,’” Brnusak says in the ad.
According to the Post-Gazette the ad is airing in the Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton medial markets as the first part of a multi-million dollar ad buy.
Casey’s opponent, Congressman Lou Barletta, said the ad is evidence that Casey is “vulnerable” and called the ad “deceptive.”
“The fact that Bob Casey is forced to spend valuable dollars before Memorial Day to prop up his failing record proves that Casey is weak and one of the most vulnerable senators in America. Bob Casey disingenuously failed to mention in his ad that Lou Barletta was one of the members who fought to save miners’ health care,” Barletta’s Press Secretary David Jackson said.