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...
March 26, 2015 |
Former City Councilman Jim Kenney, a late entry in the race for mayor, is getting a quick boost from outside groups airing television ads in his favor. Forward Philadelphia, a new nonprofit funded in part by unionized teachers, on Wednesday will become the second "independent expenditure group" to run ads touting Kenney. The new ad, a copy of which was obtained by The Inquirer, describes Kenney as "a progressive voice who will be mayor for our neighborhoods. " Forward Philadelphia will be funded by progressives, LGBT activists, and labor unions, according to a source familiar with the new nonprofit's plans.
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.
October 24, 2015 |
Two days after being accused in a campaign ad of wasting a chance to prosecute Bill Cosby a decade ago, Bruce L. Castor Jr. turned the tables on his opponent in the Montgomery County district attorney's race. In his own ad, Castor, a Republican, accused Democrat Kevin Steele of failing to prosecute Cosby this year as new information became available. With signs that Cosby could still face sexual assault charges in Montgomery County, the use of the actor-comedian in campaign ads has put him at the center of a political battle and placed a local campaign in the national spotlight.
April 30, 2016
Philadelphia, the nation's poorest big city, spends $400,000 a year on three employees who don't necessarily work hard for the money. The City Commissioners, with salaries of $129,600 and, for their chairman, $138,400, each collect almost four times the city's median household income for their elected posts atop Philadelphia's elections agency. But two people who have held the job say it's not full time. "The only full-time part of it is the pay," former Commissioner Stephanie Singer told the Inquirer.
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.