Anything Tom Wolf can do, Tom Corbett can do better. At least that appears to be the sentiment.
Just about two hours after Tom Wolf released his own attack ad on Corbett, the Governor is back hitting his Democratic opponent.
In this case, the commercial, titled “Radio Silence”, follows more of the traditional negative script, with a narrator instead of the candidate.
“OK, it’s critical you pay attention,” the narrator begins as a TV signal gives out.
“The race for Governor is tightening. Why? Because Tom Wolf’s secret plan to raise middle-class taxes has now been exposed,” the voice-over continues.
“One study concluded Wolf’s plan will almost triple the state income tax for many middle-class families. Triple! And Wolf’s massive tax increase will means a massive reduction in your take home pay.”
“The good news: We found out, before election day,” the narrator concludes.
There are two main goals the campaign is aiming for in this ad: 1. Convince voters the race is not over and that Corbett is gaining on Wolf 2. Make the election about Wolf’s proposals (specifically on taxes) instead of the Governor’s record (especially concerning education).
On the first point, the latest poll showed Gov. Corbett down just seven points but that survey was conducted by the conservative leaning Keystone Report. The last nonpartisan Quinnipiac poll had Wolf’s lead at seventeen points.
As for the second, it’s difficult to know whether the campaign’s attacks on Wolf’s statements on taxes have been effective. It does, however, indicate that the campaign believes this method is working and it will likely be their closing message over the next two weeks.