The ad uses a cartoon depiction of Wagner changing his clothes depending on the accusation against him.
The ad accuses Wagner of being a “slumlord,” attacks him on his record as a bail bondsman, his trash company as being “toxic,” him of being “greedy,” a “deadbeat dad,” and “violent.”
The ad is airing on all the media markets in the state, and will run for the foreseeable future.
The ad comes just ahead of the Pennsylvania Leadership Council’s Gubernatorial forum, which Wagner is expected to participate in. The ad will likely create a stir in the room, and could be an attempt to push Wagner off balance.
“Airing this despicable ad with false attacks more than a month from election day shows Paul Mango is desperate, is losing and has no message of his own to run on. He knows Scott is the true conservative candidate in this race, and because of that, he is resorting to smearing Scott’s character rather than talking about his own record or policies. Scott will continue to focus on what this race is really all about, the people of Pennsylvania,” Wagner’s campaign spokesman Andrew Romeo said.
The ad’s claim about Wagner being ordered to pay $800,000 in child support was also used during his write-in campaign for state Senate in a anonymous mailer but were disputed by Wagner’s lawyer.