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Only A Matter Of Time: "Poop" Cited In PA Senate Race

We guess it was only a matter of time in Pennsylvania's contentious race for the U.S. Senate. Former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, the Republican nominee, declared that the latest campaign ad from his Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, "is full of poop."

Only A Matter Of Time: "Poop" Cited In PA Senate Race

We guess it was only a matter of time in Pennsylvania's contentious race for the U.S. Senate.  Former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, the Republican nominee, declared that the latest campaign ad from his Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, "is full of poop."

Toomey does have a point, since the ad features clips of Sestak cleaning up after his family's fluffy white dog, Belle, and comparing the plastic bags of Belle's backyard business to the clean-up he said was necessary after the economic policies of President Bush and Toomey's time in Congress.  Sestak also compares Toomey's campaign ads about his votes for bank bail-outs to a bag of dog poop. Here's what Sestak says in the ad:

"My family loves Belle but she can make a mess and we have to clean it up.  I think about Belle when see Congressman Toomey's ads attacking me. It made me sick to bail out the banks.  But I had to clean up the mess left behind by these guys [Sestak gestures here to side-by-side pictures of Bush and Toomey].  They let Wall Street run wild.  Now Pat Toomey is attacking me for cleaning up his mess [Sestak holds up a bag of Belle's business here].

Toomey called the ad "amazing" and disputed Sestak's claim that he hated voting for the bank bail-out, noting that Sestak voted for other large federal bail-out bills, against legislation to end the Troubled Assets Relief Program and proposed legislation for a new bail-out. "He certainly has a cute little dog," Toomey said "But that's probably the most redeeming feature of the ad."

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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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