Treasurer Rob McCord has another new commercial, transitioning from the personal focus of his first spots to claims about his opposition to Gov. Tom Corbett. In all of the McCord ads so far, the anti-Corbett theme has been more explicit than in the ads Tom Wolf and Katie McGinty have aired. U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz has yet to launch her first commercials.
The new McCord spot points to Mr. McCord's opposition to the Corbett administration's abandoned proposal to turn over operation of the state lottery to a foreign gaming firm. The administration argued that the plan was needed to expand lottery revenues. Mr. McCord and other critics contended that the move would jeopardize the current system.
Mr. McCord's ad also cites two instances where he has outbid his rivals on policy initiatives popular among Democrats. The candidates all support an increase in the minimum wage; he advocates a rate of $10.70, higher than any of his primary competitors. Mr. McCord has called for a 10 percent severence tax on natural gas drillers. While the details differ, the other Democrats have called for a new severance tax of about 5 percent.