A pair of new ads are up on TV (courtesy of Tom Corbett and Joe Sestak), critics lash out at the AG for using “Bonusgate” accomplishments as campaign talking points, and the state is paying way, way too much in unemployment insurance. This is Wednesday’s Buzz.
On the Trail:
Dan Onorato will be speaking about Marcellus Shale in Harrisburg today.
Sen. Casey will be talking about wind energy in Mainesburg and will be appearing at the Sullivan County Fair in Forksville.
Corbett unveils first TV ad of gubernatorial general election season and mocks those who doubt he can keep his no-tax pledge (Senator Pileggi not mentioned by name). Upshot of the ad: “The politicians were just as skeptical when I promised to fight corruption in Pennsylvania,” Corbett says. “Boy, were they wrong.”
…Not a huge surprise, the folks at CasablancaPA didn’t like it.
Meanwhile, we got our first look at Sestak’s first TV ad, linking Republican Pat Toomey to his Wall Street past.
The Toomey camp says the ad is inaccurate, but the Post-Gazette isn’t buying it.
Sestak could use the ad boost. A new Rasmussen puts Toomey up 6. A new Reuters/Ipsos puts him up 10.
The same Reuters/Ipsos poll says Corbett is leading Onorato by 15 points, 49 percent to 34 percent.
Mike Kelly joins the NRCC’s “Young Guns.”
Daily News: “It is politically predictable, with control of the governor’s office up for grabs in the Nov. 2 general election, for the candidates to accuse each other of running misleading campaign ads. But state Attorney General Tom Corbett, the Republican nominee, seems to contradict someone surprising – himself, twice – in his first commercial.”
Erie Times-News: AARP debate set for Thursday in Erie County between Kathy Dahlkemper and Mike Kelly has been canceled.
The Hill: Rep. Critz race now “Leans Democratic”
Patriot-News: The defense attorney for two former state lawmakers charged in Attorney General Tom Corbett’s investigation of the state Legislature has asked a Dauphin County court to rule on whether the Dauphin County District Attorney must investigate charges of election code fraud and alleged grand jury abuse by Corbett.
StateCollege.com: Rep. Thompson at Penn State: Terrorists ‘keep trying’
PA Independent: Pennsylvania residents collected more than $4.8 billion in unemployment compensation during 2009, but 7.71 percent of those payments – totaling more than $374 million – were either fraudulent or nonrecoverable overpayments, according to the federal Labor Department report.
The Post-Gazette says a tax would not hamper drillers eyeing Marcellus Shale: “A $36,000 pig — or tax revenue to pay regulators to monitor drillers whose pollutants, in the words of Dr. Volz, deserve close inspection? We know what most Pennsylvanians would choose.”