Conservative backlash against Sen. Pat Toomey and his effort to expand background checks for gun purchases is on the air.
The National Association for Gun Rights says Pat Toomey’s bipartisan push for gun legislation makes him look like late Sen. Arlen Specter.
The ad highlights recent White House missteps and accuses Toomey of working to boost President Obama with a high profile legislative victory.
It shows a photo of Toomey transforming into a photo of late Sen. Arlen Specter.
“Pat Toomey doesn’t sound like a conservative, or a Republican. He sounds like someone else,” the narrator says.
Specter narrowly beat Toomey in a 2004 GOP primary, and switched from Republican to Democrat in 2009. He passed away late last year.
PoliticsPA is seeking comment from Toomey.
The commercial represents a relatively light ad buy, constrained to cable. The ad itself appears to have been produced inexpensive and in-house. The group is only advertising in Pennsylvania at present.
It’s the first ad on the air criticizing Toomey. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s pro-gun control group Mayors Against Illegal Guns Action Fund spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on ads praising Toomey after he and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) sought to push a background checks bill.
Toomey has said he continues to support the measure, but has not actively pursue it since their effort failed in the Senate in April. At the time, Toomey’s conservative supporters loudly criticized his support for the measure but he earned wide plaudits from moderates and liberals.
NAGR spokeswoman Danielle Thompson said the group wasn’t trying to balance the Bloomberg ads.
Instead, she said, “It’s about his past agenda and what we hope we don’t see in the future.”