The leaves are falling, temperature dropping and the tenor of campaign ads is getting far more foreboding. The latest from Republican Tom Smith is the most textbook negative ad yet against Sen. Bob Casey.
“Career politician Bob Casey voted for higher taxes, to slash Medicare, and in 6 years, hasn’t passed a single bill – not even to create jobs in the worst economy since the Great Depression,” says the ad’s narrator against disconcerting music.
“Casey’s been called ‘the Senate’s most ineffective legislator.’ He’s the invisible Senator.”
The specific items are mostly familiar, but the ineffective legislator angle gets a newly enhanced emphasis.
Most of Smith’s spots to date have been a bit sunnier than this one, which is more like your typical attack ad.
Campaign Manager Larry Smar said the ad was false, and continued his campaign’s effort to paint Smith as an out of touch extremist.
“Tea Party Tom Smith continues to cover up his radical agenda by self-funding untrue attack ads,” said Smar. “While Bob Casey fought to cut taxes on middle class families and eliminate tax breaks on Big Oil, Tom Smith is attacking Bob Casey for wanting to reduce the deficit by ending giveaways to special interests and the wealthy. Tom Smith is too extreme and out-of-touch for Pennsylvania.”
Smith has blanketed the airwaves for weeks, outspending Casey nearly 3 to 1 and gaining on the Democrat in the polls.
Casey’s campaign has said that bill count isn’t a measure of effectiveness because most legislation passed in the Senate is bundled. By that measure, the Senator has had success.
But how complicated could it be to pass a bill creating jobs?
“Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled that the country will create 1,000,000 jobs.”