As the November 4th election approaches, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has spent $100,000 on a new campaign ad endorsing Costello as the best candidate to control a “tax and spend White House.”
In the commercial, paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Costello is lauded for his previous work balancing the budget and cutting wasteful spending. The ad also highlights Costello’s work keeping taxes low despite the Obama administration’s tax hikes. Considered a “wake-up call” for Congress, the ad tags Costello as the candidate who can “change Congress.”
Costello’s competitor, Manan Trivedi, however, is criticized as running the same campaign that failed in his 2010 and 2012 bids for the House of Representatives. Echoing the National Republican Congressional Committee’s July 2014 spot “Echo”, the ad ties Trivedi to the Affordable Care Act and thus blames him for the increase in taxes and unemployment the bill they claim it has caused.
Pennsylvania’s 6th District is one of the state’s most competitive, with Republican incumbent
Jim Gerlach winning only 52.1 percent or less of the vote in his first four elections. Redistricting, however, has cut out several Democratic-leaning areas while incorporating more Republican strongholds, changing the district’s voter demographic. The Cook Political Report, for instance, now rates the seat R+2 as compared to R+1 in 2012.
“When you run a pay-to-play scheme like Costello that has seen him hand out over $30 million in government contracts to his political donors, it’s no wonder why so much outside money is coming in to try and influence this election,” political analyst and Trivedi campaign advisor Daren Berringer said. “The 6th district is up for sale and Ryan Costello is going to the highest bidder.”