Tom Smith’s latest television ad conjures up a bit of Jimmy Stewart. The every-man, mostly positive spot is slight departure (but not a total one) from the Republican’s message in his race against Sen. Bob Casey.
“If you’re fed up with career politicians and want real reform, I’d appreciate your support,” he says.
“While failed career politician Bob Casey continues his barrage of misleading attacks, Tom Smith is sharing his detailed plan to grow the economy, reduce the debt and create jobs,” said Smith Campaign Manager Jim Conroy.
Smith has consistently trailed Casey in the polls, most directly as a result of his low name ID. An ad like this aims to boost Smith’s profile in the state.
The campaigns have exchanged negative ads so far in the campaign. Responding to the new Smith spot, Casey Campaign Manager Larry Smar echoed the theme of Casey’s ads.
“Pouring millions of his own money into TV ads can’t cover up the reality of Tom Smith’s Tea Party agenda,” said Smar. “Tea Party Tom Smith founded a Tea Party group and has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars funding right-wing causes like Swift Boats and CItizens United. This divisive brand of politics is too extreme for Pennsylvania.”