September 10, 2014 |
Memo to candidates for governor: It's not a good idea to hire an actor for your TV commercial who once played "Mr. Cannibal" in a torture flick. Democrat Tom Wolf's campaign learned that lesson Monday as the website BuzzFeed reported the other role of lawyer and actor Alan Benyak - and Republicans blasted what they called an offensive error in judgment. "We were unaware of Mr. Benyak's involvement in the film," Wolf spokesman Mark Nicastre said Monday night. He said the campaign was sending a substitute ad - with Benyak edited out - to TV stations.
October 21, 2006 |
A "Strange" coincidence? Several weeks ago, Republican gubernatorial candidate Lynn Swann released a humorous campaign ad called "Decades," produced by Swann's media consultant, Stuart Stevens of the Washington-based firm Stevens and Schriefer, according to the campaign. The commercial featured an overweight, middle-aged man moving through the 1970s, '80s, '90s and on up to the present - dressed in the styles of those decades and moving to music specific to those times - and poking fun at Gov. Rendell's promises to reform government.
October 15, 1994 |
Democrat Michael W. McLaughlin yesterday filed a lawsuit accusing Republican William J. Simon, his incumbent opponent in the race for Camden County sheriff, of libeling and slandering him in a radio ad that says he leaked confidential information to the mob. McLaughlin, a former high-ranking intelligence officer for the New Jersey State Police, demanded a retraction and threatened to seek a permanent injunction Monday if Simon continues to...
April 5, 2016 |
A conspiracy theory has been circulating for weeks in the Democratic primary for Pennsylvania attorney general. Is Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli in the race to attack Montgomery County Commission Chairman Josh Shapiro in a coordinated effort with the third candidate, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr.? Morganelli and Zappala deny any coordination. Still, circumstantial evidence piled up as Shapiro labeled Morganelli's effort "a kamikaze campaign.
November 2, 2012
PRESIDENT OBAMA and Mitt Romney head into the final weekend of Campaign 2012: UP - Michael Bloomberg (above): New York's mayor endorses Obama. Good to see that the billionaire has the same taste as the People Paper (see Page 13). UP - Mitt in Pa.: Romney's considering a rally in southeastern Pennsylvania Sunday (see Clout, this page). Let's hope he knows how to order at Wawa this time. DOWN - Missouri Rep. Todd Akin: "Legitimate rape" guy releases campaign ad featuring - wait for it - a rape victim.
April 12, 2016 |
Over the weekend, I saw a provocative new campaign ad produced by director Spike Lee in support of Sen. Bernie Sanders. It features a diverse group of supporters speaking out for the presidential hopeful. One of them is the legendary singer and civil-rights activist Harry Belafonte, who says, "People of color have a deeply vested interest in what Bernie Sanders brings to us in this election. " The ad also features the daughter of Eric Garner, a New Yorker who died in 2014 after police put him in a chokehold, and Shaun King, a writer and Black Lives Matter activist.
October 9, 2006
By now you've probably seen, repeatedly, Gov. Rendell's amazing campaign commercial featuring photographs of himself and Republican challenger Lynn Swann side-by-side on the TV screen. The thrust of the ad is that Rendell is a reformer, and Swann is not. The amazing part comes at the end, when Rendell attacks Swann for supporting "legislative leaders" who devised last year's infamous pay raise in Harrisburg and who lead one of the most "corrupt" legislatures in the nation. It's a reference to Swann's statement of support for state Senate President Pro Tempore Robert C. Jubelirer (R., Blair)
January 30, 2012 |
MIAMI - Newt Gingrich slammed GOP rival Mitt Romney yesterday for the steady stream of attacks he likened to "carpet-bombing," trying to cut into the resurgent front-runner's lead in Florida in the dwindling hours before tomorrow's pivotal presidential primary. Surging in polls, Romney kept the pressure on Gingrich, casting him at an appearance in South Florida as an influence peddler and continuing his heavy advertising blitz that questions the former House speaker's ethics. In what has become a wildly unpredictable race, the momentum has swung back to Romney, staggered last weekend by Gingrich's victory in South Carolina.
October 30, 1997 |
In the Fourth District Senate race, incumbent Republican John Matheussen and his Democratic challenger, Assemblyman Sean Dalton, have made New Jersey's high auto-insurance rates their major campaign weapon. Dalton began the campaign with a diverse palette of issues, including auto insurance but focusing on open-space preservation, transportation and education. Matheussen stressed his record on lengthening the hospital stays of women who have given birth or had mastectomies. That changed after the summer, when both candidates began spending hours walking door to door, where, they said, voters bombarded them with concerns about auto insurance and, to a lesser extent, property taxes.
October 26, 1998 |
State Rep. Ron Raymond describes his election opponent as a "no-show," but he made a cable television spot anyway. "It never hurts," he said. Besides, the campaign ad, costing between $6,000 and $7,000, was relatively inexpensive, he said. Raymond, a Republican, has raised more than $40,000 for his campaign and can afford frills that his challenger, Frank Hauser, cannot. Hauser, 41, of Colwyn, who runs his own computer software business, has been mostly a nominal candidate in the race for the 162d District seat.