On Friday the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a new television ad in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District criticizing Republican candidate Keith Rothfus.
The spot is the fourth in a series from the DCCC that attacks Rothfus on the Medicare issue.
The ad says Rothfus favors a plan that it claims would cut seniors’ Medicare guarantee and cost them an extra $6,400 per year. Rothus says that he is just looking out for Medicare so that it can continue to be fiscally stable for people like his mother.
“If you’re taking $6,400 dollars out of my pocket, it might as well be a tax increase,” says someone in one of the several man-on-the-street testimonials co-opting Rothfus’s own message against lower taxes.
Rothfus claims though that his politics are especially relative to this district saying “no other region in the country is more affected by overregulation.”
In the traditionally Democratic PA-12, continued use of the “Medi-scare” tactic from the DCCC is aimed at preventing the conservative challenger from gaining momentum, and may prove an effective strategy. Beating an incumbent like Rep. Mark Crtiz (D-Cambria) will be no easy feat, especially with Critz’s connections to the late Rep. John Murtha (D) who he replaced after a special election in 2010.
A poll commission by a conservative super PAC today puts Rothfus up four points.
Jon Raso, Rothfus’s Campaign Manager, cited that poll in his response to the ad.
“There’s a reason the Wall Street Journal said ‘the $6,400 has no relevance for any senior today, none’ – it’s because it comes from a completely outdated proposal that no one is even considering and is just meant to scare our seniors,” he said. “With nothing but scare tactics and distractions coming from the Critz campaign, it’s no wonder Keith Rothfus is leading in the polls.”