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McGinty's TV ad will be the first from PA gubernatorial hopefuls

Written by Mary Wilson, Former Capitol Bureau Chief | Jan 27, 2014 4:04 PM

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One of the eight Democratic candidates for governor is trying to step out from the field by being first to hit the television airwaves.

Katie McGinty, former Department of Environmental Protection secretary, says her campaign plans to air a 30-second statewide ad. It'll bookend the president's State of the Union address on CNN and MSNBC.

"It's a completely positive ad and it touches very much on the theme of hard work, hardworking families can and should have a shot at getting ahead," McGinty said after an appearance at the Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon in Harrisburg Monday.

Making an ad buy is a move to set McGinty apart from the rest of the Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls, who at forums and debates across the state have mostly agreed on policy questions. Of all the gubernatorial candidates, only Governor Corbett has launched a TV ad, which aired last November.

McGinty neglected to share the cost of her ad buy, saying, "that's for us to know and for us not to say."

Campaign finance reports are due by the end of the month, but some candidates have been sharing their tallies.

Corbett reports having $7.5 million on hand. But leading the money count so far is York County businessman Tom Wolf, who made a $10 million donation to his own campaign.

The Democratic field of contenders includes Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, state Treasurer Rob McCord, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, former D-E-P Secretary John Hanger, Cumberland County minister Max Myers, and Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz.

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