“The Smith plan: simplify the tax code, no giveaways to special interests; cut federal spending, if Congress doesn’t pass a budget, they don’t get paid; and tap America’s abundant energy to create American jobs,” reads an announcer, not exactly describing unpopular positions.
The ad opens with a zinger against Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, noting that the Senate has never passed a bill he introduced.
Casey’s campaign released a negative ad earlier this week that cast Smith as too extremely conservative.
The zero bill claim stings at first blush, but a compels closer look at the workings of the Senate. Only a small percentage of original bills pass the chamber; more often, elements of some legislation work their way into related bills before they reach the floor. For example, Casey boasts his lead role in extending the payroll tax cut and creating new congressional ethics rules – each of which is law, but was not its own bill.
As for Smith’s broader policy platform, Casey Campaign Manager Larry Smar says it’s out of the mainstream.
“Tea Party Tom Smith continues to write checks to fund misleading attacks to hide his extreme agenda,” said Smar. “What Smith doesn’t say is that his Tea Party agenda would end Medicare as we know it and privatize Social Security while pushing tax cuts for the wealthy that are even more generous than the Romney-Ryan budget.”