Well, FreshStartPA is getting into the ad game.
The PAC, created by Wolf after his battle with the State Democratic Committee, released their first ad, a thirty-second video that hammers the Governor over his record. The organization has not made clear whether or not this commercial will air on TV.
“It’s a shame what Tom Corbett has done to Pennsylvania,” the spot begins. “Huge deficits, while he’s given tax breaks to big corporations. He’s let oil and gas companies off the hook.”
The video goes on to hit Corbett on the lack of an extraction tax and $1 billion in cuts to education. It also claims Pennsylvania ranks 49th in job creation (although no citation is given in the video to back up that statement).
“Tom Corbett, why would we give him four more years,” it concludes.
“For more than three years, Tom Corbett has failed to offer real solutions to fund our schools and fix the state’s stagnant economy,” said Katie McGinty, the chair of Fresh Start, in a written statement accompanying the video. “After cutting $1 billion from education, school districts across the state were forced to raise property taxes, and to make matters worse, we have fallen to 49th in job creation.
“Corbett’s cuts also led to thousands of teachers being forced out of the classroom and increased class sizes,” she finished. “Tom Corbett’s failed leadership has crippled our public schools and placed an unfair burden on middle-class families.”
Update: Corbett-Cawley Communications Director Chris Pack released the following response:
“It’s funny just how easily millionaire Secretary Tom Wolf is willing to abandon his supposed principles and morals in his race for Governor. Just two short months ago, Secretary Wolf said he wouldn’t run negative ads because it’s not who he was. You’ve got to hand it to Secretary Tom Wolf for selling out his personal principles more quickly than he agreed to sell out taxpayers on behalf of public sector unions who have pumped $1.13 million dollars into his campaign coffers to get him to keep quiet on pension reform that would lower our property taxes.”
Update 2: PA GOP Communications Director Megan Sweeney gave the following statement:
“Another day, another shadowy, special interest group doing the talking for Tom Wolf. Tom Wolf can use his fake Democrat Party to release as many misleading ads as he wants, but it doesn’t change the fact that he has yet to come clean on the questions surrounding his campaign. Tom Wolf definitely has the special interest support but without answers to critical issues like budget, pensions and his company’s finances, Pennsylvanians still have too many questions about him.”