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PA16: DiNicola Talks Fighting Special Interests in 1st TV Ad

Stepping into the ring.

Ron DiNicola, Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District, released his first television ad of the general cycle today. It highlights his background as a Marine, fighting special interests, and targeting career politicians.

“Marines are tough,” a voiceover says to start the ad. “Imagine someone tough enough to win the Marine Boxing Championship. That’s Ron DiNicola.”



The 30 second ad, titled “DiNicola tough” on YouTube, is airing on broadcast television in the Erie and Youngstown, Ohio markets and on cable TV throughout the 16th District, which includes all of Erie, Crawford, Mercer and Lawrence counties, and parts of Butler County, according to a press release.

DiNicola’s opponent, incumbent Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Butler), has already released two television ads for the November race. Kelly’s first ad boasts about protecting Medicare and Social Security, while the second ad touts the GOP tax reform bill helping Western Pennsylvania businesses. Neither candidate to date has attacked the other by name in the television ads.

DiNicola’s first ad is debuted the same day as fellow Democratic congressional candidate in Western Pennsylvania, Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny). Both ads highlight the military experience of the candidate, while taking on special interest, but the DiNicola campaign has made it evident it is trying to liken their campaign and district to Lamb.

“As a Marine vet, DiNicola has a personal and professional story that in many ways parallels that of Conor Lamb, who earlier this year scored a stunning special election upset,” the DiNicola press release states. “Further, the Western Pennsylvania district that Lamb won shares many similarities to the 16th District where DiNicola is running an aggressive campaign to unseat entrenched incumbent Congressman Mike Kelly.”

The Kelly campaign did not immediately respond for comment for this story.

DiNicola’s ad and press release, continuing the theme of fighting, detail a specific instance in which the Democratic candidate went to bat for workers rights.  

“When 1,000 workers at GE were laid off, Ron fought the federal government to get them the benefits they earned,” the ad says. “Now Ron DiNicola is running for Congress, to fight the career politicians.”

Kelly was elected to Congress in 2010 by defeating one-term Democratic incumbent, Kathy Dahlkemper. This is DiNicola’s third bid for Congress, his first two attempts were unsuccessful.

3 Responses

  1. people may be about to lose health care due to GOP obamacare attacks by reps including Kelley. they should think twice about whether kelly– who’s worth 15 million — really cares about their problems. i suspect kelly’s $13,000 Pennsylvania Society parties in NY are a little too lavish for the average pennsylvania voter’s tastes.

  2. Very good ad. Hope that Ron’s campaign can air it in Butler County and parts of Lawrence County as well, which is covered by the Pittsburgh media market.

  3. This is a very good ad for the district he’s running in. Would like to see polling after a week of this up on the air.

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