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PA10: DePasquale Talks COVID Response in 1st TV Ad

As elected officials across the nation grapple with how to handle the coronavirus pandemic, a Democratic congressional hopeful for the 10th District offers a few solutions of how to address the crisis, while pointing to his record in elected office in his campaign’s first television ad buy. 

Eugene DePasquale, the state’s Auditor General, released a 30 second spot on Tuesday, that describes the coronavirus pandemic as a “national crisis, a global pandemic,” and explained what he views as priorities to tackle the virus. 

“It’s a national crisis, a global pandemic,” DePasquale says to begin the ad. “And dysfunction in Washington has made things worse.” 

“I’m Eugene DePasquale, as your Auditor General, I’ve seen government dysfunction and done something about it,” he said. “We need to focus on solutions.” 

DePasquale goes on in the ad to say that “protective equipment for frontline workers is needed, enough tests to track the virus, and making sure aid gets to people and small businesses, not corporations with the best paid lobbyists.” 

The b-roll footage of DePasquale in the ad was shot prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

The DePasquale campaign added in a statement to PoliticsPA that DePasquale is pointing to his record in the ad as proof he could make government work best for the district. 

“We are proud to be running a campaign focused on Eugene’s proven record of taking on dysfunction and waste, and making government work for families in South Central Pennsylvania,” said DePasquale campaign manager Rachele Fortier. “That’s exactly what Eugene will do in Congress: prioritize results over partisanship and provide effective leadership that is so sorely needed, especially at this time.” 

While the campaign confirmed that the television ad first aired on Tuesday, they wouldn’t delve into how much the ad buy is for and how long they plan to have the ad on television. 

DePasquale is facing Tom Brier, an attorney and author, for the Democratic Party nomination. Brier launched his first TV ad on May 5 that highlights campaigning from home due to COVID-19. 

The seat is held by Rep. Scott Perry (R-York), who is currently serving his fourth term in Congress.

6 Responses

  1. I don’t like Perry but I agree that this advertisement is b.s. DePasquale is gonna win the primary, tho.

  2. this ad is terrible. he sounds like a robot talking about a topic designed to be opportunistic. taking advantage of a bad situation to gain politically. it’s like a typical washington, DC politician pandering to voters ad. say what you want about his opponent, but at least scott perry doesn’t pander. he shoots straight even if you don’t agree with what he says. at least you can trust that he is being truthful about what he believes and isn’t just saying what he thinks you want to hear.

  3. As a general rule, any Dem is better than any GOP. That rule holds here. Vote Dem.

  4. What a joke! If Depasquale goes to Washington, he won’t work for Central PA. He will work for himself – like he has as Auditor General. He talks about his audits – how about the Turnpike Commission? He was going to do something about the cost of tolls — he did, every January the tolls go up!

    1. Did you check your healthcare premium lately? (If you have healthcare.) It goes up every year, by a lot. How is your favorite GOP politician handling that for you?

    2. Check out Act 44 and Act 89. The Turnpike helps pay for general road maintenance across the state, so they have to keep raising tolls to pay for their own upkeep and other roads. If you can find $500 million a year for roads some other way, I’m sure everyone would love to hear your ideas.

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