NRCC On the Air in Pennsylvania Special

Posted April 12, 2010 at 1:09pm

The National Republican Congressional Committee is dropping more than a quarter-million dollars on its effort to win the May 18 special election to succeed the late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.).

The NRCC spent $273,000 on two weeks’ worth of advertising on broadcast television in the 12th district, according to a report Monday by Politico. The spot targets Democratic nominee Mark Critz, a senior aide to Murtha, for “putting the liberal agenda before Pennsylvania” and seeks to tie him to the recently enacted health care reform legislation.

The size of the buy indicates that House Republicans believe they have a good shot at picking up the seat. After losing two high-profile special elections in 2009, money is a valuable and scarce resource for the NRCC. The committee had less than a third of the available cash of their Democratic counterparts at the end of February, when the NRCC reported having $6.1 million in the bank.

The GOP nominee is businessman Tim Burns.