Consider it a form of political jujutsu.
In his first commercial, State Rep. and Democratic nominee Steve Santarsiero emphasized the fact that he doesn’t use a state car or take per diems.
So now the NRCC is up with a response ad criticizing Santarsiero for billing the miles, hotels and meals compiled on the road as expenses.
“Santarsiero hit up taxpayers for nearly fifty grand of travel expenses,” a narrator states. “Twenty four thousand in mileage. Twenty four thousand in hotels. And eight hundred dollars for food.”
The thirty-second spot, titled “Perks”, also hits the Democrat on taxes.
“Now Santarsiero is running misleading ads to hide his votes for higher taxes,” the narrator concludes. “Steve Santarsiero. Taxpayer-funded perks for him. Higher taxes for you.”
Santarsiero is running against Republican nominee, and younger brother to the retiring incumbent Congressman, Brian Fitzpatrick.
The 8th Congressional District represents all of Bucks County as well as parts of upper Montgomery County.