In the Democratic Senate primary it took until the final weeks for the candidates to start firing ads against each other. But Republican Pat Toomey, who's sitting on a Scrooge McDuck-sized pile of money, is already on the air against Rep. Joe Sestak for the general election -- a statewide buy of indeterminate length nearly six months away from Election Day, obviously meant to capitalize on the attention being paid to the race this week and blunt the deluge of positive coverage for the former admiral.
Toomey sets the tone as a policy, not personal difference, as the ad has the tagline: "Two good men, very different ideas." It spotlights their contrasts on Wall Street reform, health care reform and trying terror suspects in civilian courts. UPDATE: The spot aired during the noon local news in the Pittsburgh market.