Former Congressman Mark Critz cancelled his media buy in the race for lieutenant governor, according to sources close to the campaign.
His campaign announced last week that they paid out exactly $182,675 for the air time, focusing most heavily on media outlets in Pittsburgh. He also planned for air time in the Wilkes Barre-Scranton area as well as in Johnstown and Altoona.
The ad buy was supposed to break down into a five day block that begins today and extends until May 12, and then a seven day block lasting from May 13 to May 19. The latter block was much larger, with $76,850 going to advertising in Pittsburgh alone.
The question became how Critz found the money to fund a television campaign. According to his last cycle financial report, Critz had less than $38,000 on hand to spend.
They also released an ad, and the 30-second spot features Critz in a classroom talking about Gov. Corbett’s record on education.
“Today, a good job comes from a good education,” Critz states. “So what does Tom Corbett do? Tom Corbett cut a billion dollars from education.”
“As Lieutenant Governor, I’ll work to invest in education,” he pledges. “But the first step in creating good jobs in Pennsylvania, is making sure Tom Corbett loses his.”
However, the ad won’t be seen on television in Pennsylvania and the Critz campaign did not respond to our request for comment on the cancellation.