Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) released his first ad of the general election cycle. It focuses on Medicare and Social Security.
“I’ve seen how your hard work has built our community,” Kelly says in the 30 second spot, showing him sitting with senior citizens. “It was promised to you that when you were done working you’d be taken care of. That’s why I fought to protect and preserve Medicare and Social Security.”
It’s clear the subject has some punch: this is the third Medicare-themed ad to debut in Pennsylvania this week. Rep. Keith Rothfus launched an ad similar to Kelly’s (both men share some polling firms, including the Tarrance Group which also reps the NRCC).
Bob Casey’s first attack ad of the cycle underscores why both incumbents want to reach seniors early: the Senator blasted challenger Rep. Lou Barletta over a 2011 vote that would have restructured Medicare. Democrats have hammered that vote in ads since the 2012 cycle, part of a broader effort to paint Republicans as unfriendly to senior benefits. (Rothfus entered the House in 2013).
In a press release, Kelly’s campaign stated that they were “taking nothing for granted” by releasing this ad and boasted about his position of the House Ways & Means Committee to “defend seniors and improve health care.”
The release also detailed his role as a member of the Health Subcommittee and Social Security Subcommittee, the first which oversees Medicare, listing awards received this year such as as “Distinguished Community Health Defender, Champion of Healthy Seniors, and Champion of Healthcare Innovation”.
His Democratic opponent, Ron DiNicola, did not immediately respond for comment.