2014-05-01 / Front Page

Smith Calls for McCord to End Offensive TV Ad

David Keeler

Bradford County Commissioner and PA Lieutenant Governor candidate Mark Smith has called on a fellow Democrat, gubernatorial candidate and current state treasurer Rob McCord, to take down his latest TV ad, which Smith and other Democrats find distasteful and divisive.

“As Democrats, we are looking forward to defeating Tom Corbett in November,” Smith said in a press briefing Tuesday that was conducted via a telephone conference call.

“The best way to do that is to show voters that we as Democrats can offer them a better alternative, better policies and better politics. We need to show Democrats and Republicans across the Commonwealth that we can offer Pennsylvanians a brighter and more hopeful future. It’s hard to do that when in our own primary there is an ad representing the absolute lowest of political attacks”.

On Saturday former Governor Ed Rendell criticized the ad, saying it contains racially-charged allegations against Democrat gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf.

In the wake of Rendell’s denouncing the ad, Senator Bob Casey called for it to be taken down saying it was “offensive.”

The TV ad, which links Wolf to former York. PA Mayor Charlie Robertson, created controversy when it asked the question: “Why would he (Wolf) chair the campaign of a man (Robertson) arrested for his role in a race riot that left a black woman dead?”

The ad, which runs about 30 seconds, goes on to state that Robertson was charged with first degree murder, was an admitted racist, handed out ammunition and shouted “white power.”

Mark Smith entered the race for Lieutenant Governor last February. In 2008, he became the youngest County Commissioner in Bradford County history and was the top vote getter in a two to one Republican County.

 Smith served as Chairman of the County Commissioners for four years, overseeing enormous economic development and job growth, while leading important government modernization and reform initiatives. Under Smith’s watch, Bradford County’s private sector employment increased 15 percent, while statewide and national employment decreased by two percent and four percent, respectively.


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