Politics at the Pump, Courtesy of the DCCC
By Natalka Karaman, Contributing Writer
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is taking their Medicare message to the streets. The committee placed ads signs at gas stations in the congressional districts of Reps. Lou Barletta, Charlie Dent, Mike Fitzpatrick and Pat Meehan.
The black and red signs, which accuse the representatives of voting to cut taxes for millionaires and end Medicare, were set in position last week and will be up for the next month. They follow other recent DCCC efforts, including debt ceiling-themed robocalls targeting the same four Congressmen.
If you’re feeling adventurous and want to take a road trip, you can see the ads at the following gas stations across eastern PA:
Barletta: Alliance Trading Co Inc in Pittston
Dent: Lobst Sunoco in Emmaus
Fitzpatrick: Doaba Oil Corp in Fairless Hills
Meehan: Vince Iacone’s Sunoco in Springfield
The DCCC does not comment on the cost of ad buys, and would not confirm the number of stations featuring the ads. Indeed, the committee would not say whether they had purchased more than the ads listed above, so there’s a distinct chance that there only four in the entire state.
How many constituents will actually see the ads remains to be seen, but its a creative way of demonstrating the importance of Pennsylvania in 2012. In the 2010 election, Democrats lost five seats in Pennsylvania and have been targeting Republican representatives in the state as part of their groundwork for next year.