Republican Fred Keller rolls out new ads in PA-12 special election

    A screenshot from Republican 12th Congressional District Fred Keller's new campaign ad.

    With the May 21 special election in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District a little more than a month away, Republican Fred Keller has rolled out his first commercials of the spring campaign.

    The first 30-second spot is a traditional bio ad, “Meet Fred Keller,” that punches up what the Snyder County Republican says were his hardscrabble roots. The ads were first reported by PoliticsPA. 

    “Things weren’t always easy growing up,” Keller, a state House member, says, looking directly into the camera. “We lived in a house with no running water or electricity. But in those tough times, I learned the values of working hard and telling the truth. I went straight from high school to work in a factory.”

    The second spot, “American Dream,” is more explicitly political, emphasizing Keller’s conservative bonafides and his support for President Donald Trump.

    “As a conservative Republican in Harrisburg, I fought tax increases,” Keller says in the ad. “In Congress, I’ll fight the liberal Democrats and their socialist Green New Deal. And I’m going to help President Trump create more jobs and expand opportunities for all of us.”

    Keller faces Democrat Marc Friedenberg in the race for the seat formerly held by U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, who resigned earlier this year, shortly after his re-election to a fifth term on Capitol Hill, citing health issues.

    Friedenberg, a professor at Penn State University, unsuccessfully challenged Marino last fall in the overwhelmingly Republican seat.

    An award-winning political journalist with more than 25 years' experience in the news business, John L. Micek is The Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. Before joining The Capital-Star, Micek spent six years as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., where he helped shape and lead a multiple-award-winning Opinion section for one of Pennsylvania's most-visited news websites. Prior to that, he spent 13 years covering Pennsylvania government and politics for The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. His career has also included stints covering Congress, Chicago City Hall and more municipal meetings than he could ever count, Micek contributes regular analysis and commentary to a host of broadcast outlets, including CTV-News in Canada and talkRadio in London, U.K., as well as "Face the State" on CBS-21 in Harrisburg, Pa.; "Pennsylvania Newsmakers" on WGAL-8 in Lancaster, Pa., and the Pennsylvania Cable Network. His weekly column on American politics is syndicated nationwide to more than 800 newspapers by Cagle Syndicate.

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