The Republican Governors Association has crafted a new web ad for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett that defends his “pro-energy” position.
The two-and-a-half minute spot focuses on the jobs that can be created by Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry. As an example, the commercial highlights NuWeld, Inc., a small welding business based in Williamsport, PA.
“It all comes back to energy because you need energy to have manufacturing,” Corbett states near the end of the video. “We’re going to be able to reindustrialize Pennsylvania because of our natural gas and because of our coal.”
Although 58.2% of Pennsylvanians support a extraction tax according to a recent Robert Morris poll, the RGA ad argues that such a tax would destroy jobs.
“The only thing we’re really concerned about is if the politicians was to put a severance tax on the gas companies,” Tim Satterfield, founder of NuWeld, Inc., says in the ad. “It would actually take jobs out of Pennsylvania . . . You can tax the industry to death and basically shut it down.”
Corbett’s campaign is looking for a lift from the RGA and is hoping commercials like this one can improve the Governor’s image across the state.
The Governor is running against Democratic nominee and former Department of Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf in November.