It’s gotten real negative in the race to fill the open State Senate seat in the 26th district.
The new ad from Republican nominee Tom McGarrigle, entitled “Stood By”, seeks to tarnish Democratic nominee (and Plumbers Local 690 Treasurer) John Kane for taking money from, and associating with, Ironworkers Local 401 Business Manager Joe Dougherty.*
“State Senate candidate John Kane accepted thousands of dollars in contributions from Philadelphia union boss Joe Dougherty,” the narrator states as piles of cash accumulate in front of a grainy photo of Kane and Dougherty.
“Dougherty is the guy charged with racketeering, destroying property in two Delaware County schools and burning down a church,” the narrator asserts while flames engulf an unflattering picture of Dougherty.
The commercial goes on to point out that Kane refused to return the contributions or condemn Dougherty.
“John Kane didn’t stand up to Joe Dougherty, he won’t stand up for us,” the thirty-second spot concludes.
“This negative ad is the typical political lies from Tom McGarrigle that we’ve come to expect from him,” Kane campaign spokesman Aren Platt said. “I think everyone will see this for what it is, a desperate attempt to try to make connections that aren’t there in an effort to distract voters from his record of raising taxes on Delaware County residents and not paying his own taxes.”
SD-26 is one of the most competitive races in the State Senate and the majority could potentially be on the line. Given the harsh tone of the ad, don’t be surprised to see this race get exponentially more negative in the last month of the campaign.
*Correction: the original version of this article mistakenly identified John Dougherty as the subject of the ad. The article has been corrected to name Joe Dougherty.