The full court press for flipping Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District is on for this Democratic super PAC endorsed by House Democratic leadership. Accompanying their recent internal poll that shows Democratic challenger Christina Finello with a 1 point edge over Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks), House Majority PAC released a television ad attempting to link the incumbent GOP congressman to President Donald Trump’s response to COVID-19.
“A pandemic and a recession. Pennsylvania small businesses and families need help now,” a voiceover says at the beginning of the 30 second ad titled, “Nothing.”
“But when Trump killed more bipartisan coronavirus relief in Congress, what did Brian Fitzpatrick do,” the voiceover continues. “Nothing.”
The ad continues to accuse Fitzpatrick of standing with Trump when the president “needs him the most.”
“Brian Fitzpatrick’s politics trump Pennsylvania,” the voiceover says at the end of the spot.
Fitzpatrick’s campaign returned fire by citing him being voted the most bipartisan member of Congress in 2019 and attacking Finello for having the support of the PAC.
“It’s no surprise to see a far-left partisan group try to desperately attack Brian Fitzpatrick while Christina Finello’s campaign and credibility crumble,” said Fitzpatrick spokeswoman Kate Constantini. “It’s telling to see House Majority PAC embarrass themselves by using fake manipulated data to try and remove the most bipartisan member of Congress in U.S. history.”
Seven Pa. House Dems voted for the HEROES Act. The state’s entire GOP congressional delegation, plus Dems Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) and Susan Wild (D-Lehigh), voted no.
COVID response has emerged as a key talking point during the race. Defending Main Street, a GOP super PAC, released a TV ad in the Philadelphia airwaves as well lauding Fitzpatrick’s response to COVID, while accusing Finello of raising money during the pandemic, although he significantly outraised her during Q1 and Q2. Fitzpatrick and Finello’s Q3 hauls were neck-and-neck, however.
House Majority PAC announced the launch of 13 ads in congressional districts around the nation, including PA-1 and PA-10. The release says that the current ad in PA-1 is running in the Philadelphia market and is supported by $1.2 million.
Several ratings outlets currently have the PA1 race as Leans Republican.