The Pennsylvania Democratic party is ramping up its efforts against Governor Corbett with a “Promises Made, Promises Broken” campaign, party Chairman Jim Burn announced Tuesday.
It’s an effort to preempt the Governor’s re-election messaging.
“We know the governor is holding out hope that somehow Pennsylvanians will not recognize this record of broken promises,” Burn said in a conference call Tuesday. “It’s no mistake that he’s the most vulnerable incumbent governor in the United States. Pennsylvanians are paying attention and they don’t like what they see.”
The party will utilize web videos, ads and press events to attack Corbett from every angle. The initial focus will be on job creation; the first web video was released yesterday.
The Governor’s campaign manager Mike Barley placed the blame on Democrats for slowing the Governor’s agenda.
“I can only imagine how much further ahead our state would be if the Democrats actually worked with the Governor and the Republican legislature to help make our state more job-friendly, rather than working against him and the Pennsylvanians we’re still working to help,” he said.
“Unfortunately, the Democratic Party and their candidates are busy spending their time passing resolutions calling for an end to the natural gas industry, backing the Obama administration’s war on coal and supporting the failed tax-and-spend policies of the past.”
The advertising push appears to correlate with a fundraising push; Burn said the size of the campaign will depend on the success of its fundraising efforts.
With a crowded field of candidates for Governor, the state party has a simple mission: keep Corbett under pressure before, during and after the Democratic primary turns nasty.
“Negative campaigning is certainly a concern,” Burn said. “We don’t want to see what the Republicans did in 2012 by cannibalizing themselves in the primary. We couldn’t thank Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich enough for the things they said about Mitt Romney.”
The candidates in the race now were the ones party voters would choose from – including, Burn said, state treasurer Rob McCord whose candidacy is inevitable.
The party has no other big candidate waiting in the wings.
“There’s no secret* candidate jumping out from behind the curtain. Not that I’m aware of,” Burn said.
*In a previous version PoliticsPA misquoted Burn as having said “super.” The Pa. Republicans remark below was based on the “super” remark, which was also misquoted in another publication.
Pa. Republicans seized on the remark as an admission that the Dems’ field is week.
“Burn admitted what most people are already talking about: Democrats have only fielded a line-up of backbenchers,” Valerie Caras, the Pennsylvania Republicans Communications Director said in a statement. “For the record, Chairman Burn, we agree that your field is less than lackluster.”
The Dems’ bet, that Corbett would have pursued a campaign along the lines of “promises made, promises kept” likely was a good one. Corbett has repeatedly emphasized his fidelity to campaign pledges. Even former Gov. Ed Rendell acknowledged last year – in a soundbite that may resurface in Corbett campaign literature: “He’s doing exactly what he told you he would do. You may disagree with it, but don’t consider him a wuss. Consider him to be a politician who’s had the courage to say something and stick to it.”
Keegan Gibson contributed to this report.