It's going to be a long, tough slog between PA12 Democratic incumbent Mark Critz and GOP challenger Keith Rothfus.
Earlier today we noted how the conservative Club For Growth is going to bat for Rothfus, and now Dan Hirshhorn at The Daily reports Republicans will start hitting Critz tomorrow with an attack ad on Obama's health care reform bill. It's thought that the attack will ward off Critz's continued use of Medicare/Social Security as a campaign issue.
The NRCC says the ads will run for at least two weeks in the Pittsburgh market on Fox News.
Two years ago, House Republicans hit the airwaves tying Pennsylvania Democrat Mark Critz to a "bad health care bill" that "liberals rammed through" Congress. Tomorrow, their campaign committee will take flight with a new TV ad, obtained early by The Daily, that similarly hits the first-term congressman for opposing "efforts to repeal or defund Obamacare 20 times."
If it seems familiar — ominous imagery equating Democrats with Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, knocks on the party's stimulus package and health care law — welcome to the House GOP's 2012 campaign, a syndicated repeat of the 2010 campaign.
In battleground districts across the country, the National Republican Congressional Committee and other GOP groups have aired or are planning to run TV spots that come straight from the same playbook that won them control of the House two years ago.
Critz of course is not a health care reform supporter, though Republicans will note he voted against a GOP effort to repeal the bill. The charge (made often in 2010) that Democrats would cut $500 million from Medicare has been questioned by fact-checkers who say the cuts would be in future growth of the entitlement, not current spending.