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September 10, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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October 21, 2006 | By Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
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.
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October 15, 1994 | By Herbert Lowe and George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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...
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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.
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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)
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January 30, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
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October 30, 1997 | By Mary Beth Warner, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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October 26, 1998 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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February 7, 1987 | By MARIA GALLAGHER, Daily News Staff Writer
Democrat Edward G. Rendell is the first mayoral candidate to take to the tube with a paid campaign ad, a 60-second spot which debuted this week. The commercial, in black and white for added impact, is almost entirely biographical. Still photos of Rendell flash in succession, showing Rendell glad-handing crowds or listening to individuals. The voice-over says, "He came here 25 years ago and stayed because he loved it. " The unseen speaker tells viewers Rendell "was the most popular DA we ever had," that he served as district attorney "with distinction" through three administrations and that he was re-elected with "the largest mandate" of any candidate in the city's history.
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November 3, 1987 | By MARIA GALLAGHER, Daily News Staff Writer (Staff writers Michael Days and Joseph Grace contributed to this report.)
A Frank L. Rizzo campaign ad that linked Mayor Goode to Nation of Islam minister Louis Farrakhan has been deemed a violation of the Fellowship Commission's fairness code. The commission's Fair Election Practices Committee also ruled at the same meeting that a Goode supporter made a racial appeal when he blasted Rizzo over a bullhorn during an Oct. 24 motorcade. Even before the rulings were issued, a Rizzo campaign official called three members of the 13-member committee "tainted" by ties to Mayor Goode.
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May 17, 2015 | By Chris Brennan and Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writers
Two candidates for mayor held campaign events Friday - just two blocks away from each other in Center City - offering two very different approaches for the last four days of the primary campaign. Former City Councilman James F. Kenney gathered a diverse group of elected officials in a quiet, pleasant courtyard at John C. Anderson Apartments on South 13th Street. At ease and often joking, they discussed his campaign's get-out-the-vote effort. Over on Locust Street, supporters of State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams gathered outside a restaurant where his campaign mistakenly thought a new poll on the mayor's race was being released.
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March 26, 2015 | Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 11, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey on Monday slammed the judicial-evaluation process of the Pennsylvania Bar Association as "unethical, unprofessional, and less than forthright," contending that she was being pressured to drop her run for the state Supreme Court. Covey, of New Hope, said in a letter to association president Francis X. O'Connor that as a consequence of her treatment, Robert Morris, chairman of the Judicial Evaluation Commission, should resign. "I will not be a victim and I will not remain silent regarding the unethical and unprofessional activities I experienced with the . . . JEC," Covey wrote.
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September 10, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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May 16, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
A new trump has been played in Pennsylvania's Democratic primary - call it the reverse race card. State Treasurer Rob McCord threw it down in the governor's campaign, in debates and television ads, attacking Democratic frontrunner Tom Wolf for not more swiftly (and publicly) cutting ties in 2001 to a York mayor accused of a racial killing three decades before. McCord also ran ads showcasing his African American wife, Leigh Jackson, telling viewers that her white husband sees and hears "people who are often invisible.
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April 25, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
U . S. REP. ALLYSON Schwartz yesterday accused her fellow Democrats in the May 20 primary election for governor of being "vague" in support of the Affordable Care Act, a/k/a Obamacare. Schwartz was mostly talking about front-runner Tom Wolf, a former state revenue secretary, who, like the other Democratic candidates, has publicly supported the law in his campaign. "Particularly, I think Tom Wolf has been evasive about expressing support for the law," said Schwartz, who this week started running a campaign ad on television, touting her role in helping to craft and pass the legislation.
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November 7, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
NEW JERSEY'S produced great leaders in the past - that blue-eyed crooner who rose to Chairman of the Board, or the loner on guitar who became The Boss, and that neurotic wiseguy who became leader of the Soprano crime family. But the Garden State hasn't produced a U.S. president in more than 100 years (Grover Cleveland), and out by icy Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire, up in the bleachers at wrestling matches in Davis County, Iowa, and all along the Reedy River in Greenville, S.C., Republicans aren't quite ready to place all their dreams into Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in 2016.
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September 26, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - In bright red lettering, the ad accuses Republican state Senate candidate Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt of having a history of late and unpaid taxes. When the ad appeared on cable channels in the First District, Adelizzi-Schmidt quickly called on her opponent, Sen. Jeff Van Drew, to denounce it. But the Cape May County Democrat's campaign did not create the ad. The fine print at the beginning of the 30-second commercial reads: "Paid for by Fund for Jobs, Growth & Security," with a post office box address in Hoboken.
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September 26, 2013 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
ORANGE, N.J. The heckler, decked out in two buttons with the name Christie crossed out, trailed Gov. Christie up and down Main Street in this mostly minority, working-class city Tuesday afternoon. Beryl Mills was one of more than a dozen who showed up in downtown Orange to yell at Christie about everything from his opposition to increasing the minimum wage to his cuts to education funding in his first year in office and the downtown library here, which has been closed for months.
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November 5, 2012 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Spend any length of time with people in the nine presidential battleground states, and almost all of them will at some point tell you how much they have come to hate the targeted assault of 30-second political TV ads. They'll describe their own defensive tactics: clicking the mute button; recording a show on the DVR to watch it later, fast-forwarding through commercials; running from the living room. Ultimately, though, escape may be impossible - short of crawling into a fallout bunker.
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