Pennsylvania: DCCC Shrinks Ad Reservation in Scranton

Posted September 14, 2010 at 7:20pm

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s television ad reservation adjustments have hit northeastern Pennsylvania, where Reps. Christopher Carney and Paul Kanjorski will see a little less air cover in the final weeks of the campaign than originally expected.

The DCCC has withdrawn half a week’s worth of its original five-week reservation in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre media market that covers most of Carney’s 10th district and Kanjorski’s 11th district. It’s unclear whether the drawdown was meant for one or both races.

Democratic officials insist the reservation adjustment in Pennsylvania was done from a position of strength.

“Considering they’re both running against significantly flawed Republican candidates, we’re confident that they’re well-positioned for November,” DCCC spokesman Shripal Shah said Tuesday.

At the end of June, Kanjorski and Carney had significant cash advantages over Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta (R) and former U.S. Attorney Tom Marino (R), respectively.

Republicans are generally viewed as having a better chance against Kanjorski. The National Republican Congressional Committee has already committed to spending money for commercials in the 11th district this fall.