The newest Pat Toomey ad casts Democrat Joe Sestak as someone who "served our country well" but went off the reservation once he got to Washington. Aside from the familiar criticisms of Sestak's votes for the bailouts, the stimulus, health care reform and comprehensive climate legislation -- or, depending on your spin, "job-killing energy taxes" -- Toomey's ad brings up Sestak's recent ethics flap when the Inquirer reported that the Democrat had broken his personal ethics pledge to give back campaign money from entities for which he requested earmarks. [CORRECTED 11:53 a.m. -- I had referenced the wrong earmarks dustup.] And Toomey also claims that the ads attacking him have been distortions. (A DSCC ad stretched Toomey's history with derivatives trading and a Sestak ad labled Toomey as a lobbyist for Wall Street, even though he never was a registered lobbyist.)
The kicker line: "Say it ain't so, Joe." So, wait, Sestak threw the World Series, too?
According to a release from the Toomey campaign, the ad will run statewide on broadcast networks for an indefinite amount of time. The video is below and, for the non-multimedia types, the script is below the jump.
Pat: I’m Pat Toomey and I approved this message.
Voiceover: It’s sad what’s happened to Joe Sestak. He served our country well, then he went to Washington where’s he voted in lockstep with the extreme agenda of bailouts, debt, government health care, and job killing energy taxes. He took an ethics pledge, then broke it. Now, Sestak and his party bosses are attacking Pat Toomey with ads that have been called false, deceptive, and wrong. Say it ain’t so, Joe.