A DEMOCRATIC-funded federal political-action committee on Wednesday refused a request from Democratic state attorney general nominee Kathleen Kane to take down a misleading TV commercial criticizing Republican nominee David Freed.
"The Committee for Justice and Fairness will continue to run our independent ad," according to an email from the PAC. "We have the right to speak about Mr. Freed's position on this important issue and we intend to do so. We did not coordinate with any candidate or other organizations on this ad."
The ad claims that Freed said there was no need for a review of how the state Attorney General's Office investigated the Penn State University child-sex-abuse scandal that sent former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky to prison. Freed has said that he would conduct such a review if elected.
The Committee on Justice & Fairness is funded entirely by the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA), and the women who run the PAC work for a political-consulting firm that does work for DAGA. DAGA has not responded to phone calls or emails seeking comment about the ad.
Freed's campaign manager, Tim Kelly, denounced the ad as "false" but said that there was little the campaign could do to stop it. Kane called the ad "misleading" and sent a letter to television stations in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Lancaster asking them to stop airing it.