A Heavy Lift: In new ad, DePasquale uses CrossFit as a metaphor for politics | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Good Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
So when he’s not auditing volunteer fire departments or holding one of many press conferences, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is something of a CrossFit and Spartan race training maniac.
In a new 30-second spot that we can exclusively share here this morning, DePasquale, the Democratic nominee for central Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District … forgive us … pumps up his cross-training regime, using it as a metaphor for how he’ll be a tireless defender of the district’s working-class voters on Capitol Hill.
“I’m Eugene DePasquale, and you know what? Folks here at home are getting screwed by people in Washington,” DePasquale intones in a voice-over, while he grimaces onscreen, picking up very heavy things and then putting them back down again.
These heavyweight interests (again, forgive us) arrayed against the common man, include “The rich. Political insiders. Big corporations,” DePasquale says in the ad. And if you send him to Washington, he vows, he’ll be “tough enough to stand tall,” against those same interests getting handouts and favors.
Though, we must confess, we are unsure how often DePasquale will be called up to roll enormous tires through the well of the House, or shake those really big ropes up and down in the pursuit of legislation. Unless, of course, they’ve changed the voting procedures down there since we covered Congress. It has been a while.
In an email, DePasquale’s campaign said the spot, the second the campaign has debuted in the last few weeks, will start running on broadcast and cable outlets, as well as digitally, across the district, which includes Cumberland, Dauphin, and York counties, on Tuesday.
“Our community knows that politicians in Washington take every opportunity to look out for themselves and screw the rest of us – they’re sick of it and so is Eugene,” spokesman Kunal Atit said in an email. “That is why he is running to hold D.C. politicians and their lobbyist friends accountable. In Congress, Eugene will stand tall on behalf of south-central Pennsylvania, and won’t ever hesitate to punch back when he has to.”
DePasquale is looking to unseat fellow York Countian, GOP U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, a U.S. Army veteran, who has flown combat missions in the Middle East.
Asked if DePasquale was trying to out-tough Perry, who has talked about his own hardscrabble roots and military career on the stump, Atit cut to the chase.
“No,” he said. “If we were trying to draw a contrast, you’d know it.”
Perry’s spokesman, Matthew Beynon was happy to draw a contrast, telling the Capital-Star in an email that DePasquale “needs to spend less time doing pilates and taking selfies, and more time doing the job the people elected him to do.”
Perry is “the one candidate in this race who has fought for the hardworking people of south central Pennsylvania, holding Congress accountable, stopping congressional pay raises, and ending wasteful spending. Scott is a self-made man who rose from poverty to become a general in the Army and is now fighting every day for families in Congress,” Beynon said.
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