There's another outside group airing a TV ad in the Pennsylvania Senate race, but this one hits Bob Casey and has local ties.
Lehigh County Republican Chairman Wayne Woodman has a super PAC, Fight for the Dream, which will begin this week airing a 30-second spot in "select markets" statewides slamming Casey over his support for the Wall Street bailout in 2008. The ad makes a claim that isn't commonly used against Democrats: "We need someone who will fight for Pennsylvania families, not Wall Street millionaires."
Woodman was a strong supporter of Smith's primary foe, Steve Welch, in fact he even ran an ad attacking Smith on being a Democrat for 42 years. Woodman was called out after Smith had already won for transferring money through various entities that then shielded donors from contributing publicly. At the time, Woodman said that was not his intention. Read that background here.
Also interestingly, Woodman's super PAC's biggest donation of $240,000 just came in last week from Rosebud Mining Company - the group that purchased Smith's coal mines. There are also two donations, each $5,000, from Randall and Raymond Smith, Tom Smith's brothers, according to the FEC report.
Reached Wednesday morning, Woodman said that although he backed Welch over Smith, he was always going to support Smith if he won the primary.
"My view of politics is that I like competitive primaries. I made a commitment that if (Smith) prevailed fair and square he would have my full support after the primary," Woodman said, when asked if he was only supporting Smith because he's not Casey. "It’s not a lesser of two evils, there’s a great candidate here and then there’s a candidate that hasn’t delivered for the voters who sent him there six years ago."
Here's the ad:
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