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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

AG Candidates: I see your ad and raise you one!

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM

It’s been a busy and messy week for both campaigns in the race for state Attorney General.

First, on Monday, Republican David Freed and Democrat Kathleen Kane squared off in their only debate. As Allentown’s Morning Call reported, the two clashed mostly over the child-molestation probe of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, conducted by Gov. Tom Corbett, and their ability to stay independent from a Republican-dominated state legislature and administration.

The rest of the week has been more dramatic, though, on account of more advertising tactics which have already sullied the campaign. On Tuesday, the Democratic side took its turn when the Committee for Justice & Fairness aired an anti-Freed television ad. The ad calls Freed a political insider and slams him for saying he wouldn’t review Corbett’s investigation of Sandusky, which isn’t exactly true, according to PoliticsPA:

“The ad cites an Associated Press report. There’s just one problem. That AP report was later corrected to reflect the fact that Freed didn’t rule out a review of the Sandusky case, and indeed said he would conduct one if, when elected, he thought it was necessary.

Kane denounced the ad, saying it wasn't from her campaign and is calling for its removal. In a Philadelphia Inquirer article, meanwhile, Freed campaign manager Tim Kelly responded: "That's great," he said. "But it doesn't change the fact that the false ad is still running.”

(Freed has previously came under fire for not denouncing an anti-Kane spot ran by the Republican State Leadership Committee which was called one of the most blatantly false attack ads of the season.)

Freed, meanwhile, launched a new television spot this week, touting himself as a “tough no-nonsense prosecutor” who has put away drug-dealers, child molesters and murderers.

The Kane campaign also aired its own ad this week, touting her experience as prosecutor. “You want somebody tough enough to tell the Harrisburg boys enough is enough? You need to send them a prosecutor, not a politician.”

For more on the race the candidates, check out our election guide here.

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