Specter Runs First Ad Against Toomey
The Philadelphia Inquirer has the first negative TV ad in the 2010 Pennsylvania Senate race, with Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Penn.) needling Pat Toomey — who hasn’t entered the race yet — over the economy.
From the script:
Pat Toomey. As a Wall Street trader he sold risky derivatives called credit default swaps, the same swaps that plunged us into this financial mess. In Congress, Toomey fought for less oversight of Wall Street. He even wants to gamble our Social Security accounts in the stock market. Now, Toomey wants a bonus — a seat in the United States Senate. Should we let him have it?
Usually you’d call this a general election message, not a message geared toward Republican primary voters. But if this ad bets that Republican voters are feeling some populist rage at Wall Street, it also bets that they worry about Toomey’s electability.
I’m a little surprised that Specter is making this a mano-a-mano contest with Toomey instead of building up lesser-known Republican candidate Peg Luksik, who could split the conservative vote.