Pittsburgh Television Stations Pull Ad Attacking Joe Sestak

07/15/2010 01:49 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • AP/Huffington Post

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A newspaper says two Pittsburgh-area television stations are pulling a commercial attacking the voting record of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Joe Sestak.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Thursday that Sestak had complained about the accuracy of the ad sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

It began airing Monday and says Sestak voted "with Nancy Pelosi 100 percent of the time" and for "a government takeover of health care."

Sestak's campaign called both statements false and protested to 16 stations that are airing it.

A letter to the campaign from stations WPGH and WPMY says the ad will be discontinued because "it is not true that Sestak voted with Pelosi 100 percent of the time."

The chamber's ad is independent of Sestak's Republican opponent, former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey. And while that may be the case, Toomey has a Web video posted on his Web site that says exactly the same thing.

The video ties Sestak to Nancy Pelosi -- even showing an image of Sestak alongside the Golden Gate bridge (a symbol of the San Francisco-area district Pelosi represents) -- and ends with a graphic decalring: "Joe Sestak Votes With Nancy Pelosi 100% Of The Time."

Watch the Toomey video: