A new round of ads from the McGinty campaign ties her environmental record to job growth for the state.
The commercial, airing in most of the state's media markets with the exception of costly Philadelphia, reminds viewers of her work in the Clinton administration and her recent endorsement from her old boss, former Vice President Al Gore. It then shows the Democratic gubernatorial candidate speaking to the camera about her tenure as the state's environmental secretary, an era, in her description, when, "we were number one in clean energy jobs, and cleaned up old factories to create even more jobs. But under Tom Corbett, we are rock bottom. With our natural resources, world-class work force and universities, we should be winning manufacturing and biotech jobs _ opportunity whether you wear steel-toe boots or a white lab coat.''
There's a couple of footnotes here. As the ad notes on-screen, the state was number one among the mid-Atlantic states, not in the nation, in clean energy jobs. A rival campaign helpfully pointed out that the state lost clean energy jobs during the later years of the Rendell administraiton in which she served. A McGinty aide countered that the job losses were due to the world financial crisis in 2008 and 2009, but that the state's relative position remained at the top among its peers in the region.