Democratic state attorney general candidate Patrick Murphy will be joining the congressional contenders already battling on the airwaves beginning tomorrow, when his first television ad will be aired on Pittsburgh broadcast stations.
That 30-second biography piece, obtained by the Post-Gazette and posted above, is the first TV ad in his primary face-off against former Lackawanna County prosecutor Kathleen Kane. Here's my story from Sunday on that race.
The size of the media buy was not immediately available, though between the new ad and his appearance in Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day parade, the Murphy camp appears to be focused lately western Democrats.
UPDATE: A source tells the Post-Gazette that the ad buy is $50,000, a figure that PoliticsPA also is reporting this morning.
The piece begins with Murphy talking about his father, an ex-cop, before launching into a bullet-point resume of his military and political work.
"Patrick Murphy: Husband, father, Army paratrooper, West Point law professor," states a narrator. "Murphy prosecuted terrorists in Iraq and came home to help end the war," showing a picture of him with President Barack Obama.
"As attorney general, he'll enforce the law fairly, to protect the rights of workers, our environment, and protect a women's right to choose."
Both attorney general contenders have targeted the controversial mandatory ultrasound bill that state lawmakers shelved amid vocal opposition, and have said they would pursue more investigations of Marcellus Shale drillers.
Campaign finance reports filed before Team Murphy's Pittsburgh ad buy showed him trailing Kane in his war chest, with about $1.2 million raised compared to her $2 million. But her funds include a $1.75 million loan from her husband, who runs a trucking and distribution firm in the Scranton area, and Murphy posted figures that significantly outpaced Kane in funds raised in 2012.