Like her counterpart to the south Jason Altmire, Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper is up with her first television advertisement this week. The ad -- first reported by PA2010 -- began airing in the Erie market Monday, said Dahlkemper campaign manager Tina Mengine. She said the ad buy was about $65,000, and the campaign plans to be on the air from now until Election Day. The Third District is served primarily by the Erie market, but Mengine said they'll hit the Pittsburgh and Youngstown, Ohio, markets as well to blanket the district.
The 60-second spot is aimed "to reintroduce her to the voters," Mengine said, and is a mix of biography focused on Dahlkemper's family and small business background, and what she's done in Washington for the past year and a half. Like Altmire's ad, she touts her "no" votes on unpopular Democratic agenda items: in this case, the cap-and-trade bill and "a bailout to help Wall Street." PA2010 points out that this bailout vote claim could be a bit misleading:
The votes that authorized the financial bailout occurred in 2008, before Dahlkemper took office. It’s likely her campaign was spotlighting a symbolic House vote in early 2009. In that vote, the House opposed authorizing access to the second half of bailout funds. But the Senate had already voted down the same resolution, making the House vote moot, a symbolic action that provided an opportunity for political cover but had no actual impact at the time it was taken (both chambers had to explicitly oppose spending the rest of the money for the bailout funds to be cut short).
Dahlkemper says, "I call it like I see it" in Washington, voting with the district. Among the things she supports: tougher immigration controls (accompanied in the ad by footage of illegal immigrants being arrested). But the ad doesn't specifically call out President Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi in negative terms, as Altmire's did. There's also no mention of her key vote in favor of health care reform.
Dahlkemper, like Altmire, is exploiting her funding advantage over Republican Mike Kelly. At the end of the second quarter, she had $1 million in the bank, to Kelly's $103,000. But Kelly, a Butler car dealer, can self-fund.