Last week GOP candidate for Governor Scott Wagner released his first television ad of the general election cycle.
Gov. Wolf has been airing positive ads for quite some time now, so both candidates had finally stepped into the television advertisement ring. Today, Gov. Wolf threw the first punch with this new advertisement.
In this 30 second advertisement, Wolf’s campaign labels Wagner as the “number one champion of big oil and gas”. The advertisement continues to blame him for “blocking the shale tax”, siding with Wall Street “as they were getting rich, charging excessive fees on our retirement savings” and supporting corporations by opposing closing tax loopholes.
“Scott Wagner is the very worst of Harrisburg and has consistently shown that he favors the rich by siding with large corporations, big oil and gas companies, and Wall Street while squeezing the middle class,” said Beth Melena, Gov. Wolf’s campaign communication director. “He has been the number one champion for oil and gas companies standing in opposition of a severance tax and he supports corporations being able to use loopholes to avoid paying their fair share. Pennsylvania families can’t afford Scott Wagner as governor.”
The Wagner campaign swung back at these claims and believe this advertisement shows that their opponent is nervous.
“Running a negative ad like this as early as July shows that the Wolf campaign is panicked and the public polls are wrong,” said Andrew Romeo, Wagner for Governor spokesman. “Tom Wolf’s harmful tax and regulatory policies have Pennsylvania’s economy in the tank compared to the country as a whole, he’s for an education plan to cut funding from 362 schools and he’s no longer committed to property tax reform.”
Wagner’s camp also cited remarks by Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) about their positive working relationship.
PoliticsPA sources have seen the ad on broadcast and cable TV in the Pittsburgh markets. The Wolf camp wouldn’t elaborate on its strategy.