The party may not have a nominee yet, but progressives are readying to fight Pennsylvania’s junior Senator.
The Senate Majority PAC is an organization devoted solely to helping Democrats win Senate races. They’re about to launch a $1.5 million nationwide online ad campaign and Sen. Toomey will be the first target.
“The Republican agenda puts special interests and partisan ideology ahead of what’s best for everyday Americans and Pat Toomey is the poster boy for those misplaced priorities,” said Shripal Shah, a spokesman for Senate Majority PAC. “While Pat Toomey has been loyally voting for his party’s agenda in Washington these past 5 years, Pennsylvanians have been left behind. Our ad campaign will hold him accountable for putting his party before Pennsylvania.”
The goal of the group appears to be to paint Toomey as a consistent Republican and undercut any attempts the incumbent might make to show voters he is bipartisan.
Toomey was a conservative Congressman and ran at Sen. Arlen Specter from the right in 2004. He was also President of the Club for Growth, an anti-tax group. Once he was elected in 2010, though, the Senator made a concerted effort to move to the center. The most famous example was the background check bill he championed along with West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin in the aftermath of Sandy Hook.
The three Democrats running for their party’s nomination are former Congressman Joe Sestak, ex-Chief of Staff to Governor Wolf Katie McGinty and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman.
UPDATE: NRSC Press Secretary Alleigh Marre responded with the following statement:
“It’s no surprise that Harry Reid’s super PAC is already spending big money to prop up his chosen candidate, Katie McGinty. Whether it be Senate Majority PAC’s involvement in the Menedez corruption scandal or McGinty funneling millions of taxpayer dollars to firms that employed her husband — both Reid and McGinty share an affinity for pushing the ethical bounds.”