Republicans are wasting no time in taking on incumbent US Rep. Mark Critz, and Democrats are trying to do the same next door to incumbent Republican Tim Murphy.
The campaign for the Dem nominee in the 18th congressional district, Washington County commissioner Larry Maggi, released a statement today criticizing Murphy's public mailings and repeating a Democratic attack line on the conservative Paul Ryan budget.
"Congress isn't listening. Tim Murphy continues to benefit himself over our seniors and our veterans. First, Murphy accepts $19,300 worth of pay raises and now he spends $275,844.59 of taxpayer dollars last year alone to promote himself. But Tim Murphy voted against giving active duty soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan a $1,500 bonus and he voted to make seniors pay $6,000 out of pocket per year for health insurance. The time is long overdue to end Tim Murphy's spending spree," Maggi said in a statement.
Murphy's campaign manager James Genovese wasn't surprised that Maggi came out attacking, and did his best to tie the nominee to Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi (just as the GOP did in the anti-Critz commercials that started today).
"Without a positive platform or any successful accomplishments to run on, it's no surprise Larry Maggi is in the gutter engaging in these false attacks. Larry's platform supporting Obama's government takeover of healthcare, war on Southwestern Pennsylvania energy, and out of control stimulus spending has already been rejected by the people of the 18th district, which is why Larry is going down the dirty road of politics as usual. There is a clear difference in this race, Congressman Murphy opposes these radical Obama-Pelosi policies while liberal Larry Maggi supports them."
Maggi's full statement is after the jump: