The Democratic National Committee hit Pennsylvania Senate candidate Pat Toomey (R) in their latest web ad Monday for saying he would have voted against the Democrats' jobs bill.
The spot, titled "He Doesn't Support Us", criticizes Toomey, a former congressman, for stating his opposition to the federal stimulus package passed last year and the HIRE Act approved by Congress this year.
The ad cited Pennsylvania's unemployment rate of 8.8 percent, which is high but below the national average, on top of statement's slamming Toomey's stance.
“Given Mr. Toomey’s background as a former Hong Kong banker, a Bush loyalist in Congress and most recently as the head of an ultra-conservative special interest group, it’s no surprise that Toomey’s positions are out of line with the interests of middle class Pennsylvanians," DNC spokesman Michael Czin said in a statement.
The ad seeks to capitalize on growing momentum behind incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) The Republican-turned-Democrat has taken a lead over Toomey, a banker-turned-small business owner, in two recent polls.
Toomey and Specter had previously been deadlocked.
"Pat has put forth an extensive plan that will actually create jobs instead of wasting taxpayer dollars and increasing taxes like the Democrats’ bill," Toomey spokeswoman Nachama Soloveichik said in an e-mail. "If the Democratic machine in Washington is truly interested in job creation, they should stop trying to ram massive new tax increases through Congress like those contained in the healthcare and cap-and-trade bills."