It's starting to feel the Commercial Channel here on Early Returns -- and we even missed one yesterday.
U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire also is airing his second ad in the Democratic congressional battle. Like Critz's new spot, Altmire's ad zeros in on his opponent, highlighting Critz's votes on the Wall Street reform bill and an amendment to the Ryan budget bill as harmful.
PoliticsPA dug into the voting fine-print and says the budget amendment vote was a vote of "present," which was how nearly all of the Democrats voted "in an attempt to kill the Ryan Budget."
UPDATE, 2 p.m. - Critz scheduled a conference call with reporters this afternoon to respond to the ad, and planned to have Philadelphia Congressman Bob Brady on the call.
Meanwhile, the state AFL-CIO, which is backing Critz, sent over this unsolicited response on behalf of president Richard Bloomingdale:
"Any ad that characterizes Congressman Critz as having not stood up to a budget that would 'dismantle Social Security or gut Medicare' is incorrect. Congressman Critz has consistently stood up for working and retired people, that’s why the AFL-CIO endorsed him. This should continue to be a campaign about ideas and we hope both candidates will take the high road.”