Western Pennsylvania Democratic incumbents Jason Altmire and Kathy Dahlkemper continue to use the same playbook when it comes to ad strategy.
The pair began their ad spending with commericials distancing themselves from Obama and Washington. Last week Dahlkemper began attacking GOP challenger Mike Kelly; now Altmire is doing the same with an ad targeting his opponent, Edgeworth lawyer Keith Rothfus.
It follows an attack ad from Rothfus earlier this week, attacking Democratic spending and Nancy Pelosi.
Here's the heart of the Altmire spot: "Why is Keith Rothfus distorting Jason Altmire's record? Maybe to hide this: As a lawyer, Rothfus represented a Wall Street bank that took taxpayer-funded bailout money and he opposed reforms to crack down on Wall Street."
The Rothfus campaign says the company in question is Bank Of New York/Mellon, for which his law firm negotiated supply and software agreements. BNYM did take TARP money, the campaign says, but noted the bank is also a big Altmire supporter -- to the tune of $10,000 in total contributions in 2008 and 2010.
“Now Congressman Altmire is running from his own record, attacking me,” Rothfus said in a statement today. “To criticize me for doing legitimate work for a company that employs thousands of Pennsylvanians while he takes $10,000 from the same company is the height of hypocrisy.”
Rothfus agrees with the ad's final point about opposing Wall Street reforms. Most Republicans did, with only three GOP House members supporting this year's financial reform bill.
Here's the Altmire ad: