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Senator Bob Casey Jr. (D) has released a new ad that hits Tea Party Tom Smith's (R) resume as a coal mine owner pretty hard:

Bob Casey, Jr.: I'm Bob Casey and I approve this message.
Narrator: Who is Tom Smith?  He's made a fortune running unsafe coal mines. 500 accidents and injuries.  2,000 violations, fire hazards, faulty equipment.  No he's running for Senate with plans that are dangerous for your family.  Cut taxes for millionaires like himself, raise taxes on the middle-class and end medicare as we know it in two years.  Tea Party Tom Smith, extremely wrong for Pennsylvania.
The Associated Press is able to back up a lot of the allegations made in this ad:

Tom Smith, the candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania who made a small fortune in the coal mining business, ran mines that routinely performed poorly on a federal statistic that measured workers’ days lost because of on-the-job injuries, federal mining safety records show. - Associated Press, 10/28/12

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I think Casey is taking a hint from President Obama's campaign style attacks on Bain Capital.  Smith, like Romney, has been touting his business record and has been trying to paint himself as a job creator.  This ad highlights Smith's radical anti-safety views and hits him hard.  With so many representatives in Congress that are on the coal industry's payroll, do we really want an actual coal baron with a shady history of violating safety hazards representing the people of Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate?  Senator Casey has been endorsed by the AFL-CIO.  Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO had this to say about Senator Casey:

The AFL-CIO's president, Richard Trumka, a third-generation coal miner from Pennsylvania, shot back quickly, saying Casey, not Smith, is a better ally for miners.

"When we fought to protect miners' safety and health on the job, Tom Smith was on the other side," Trumka said. - Associated Press, 10/28/12

The Philadelphia's most recent poll showed Casey beating Smith by 7 points and Casey has just received the endorsement from his home town newspaper, the Scranton Times-Tribune, for a second term:

Mr. Casey had some high-profile assignments as a freshman, especially as chairman of the Foreign Relations subcommittee responsible for the Middle East, and as chairman of the Joint Economic Committee.

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Those assignments did not distract Mr. Casey, however, from issues of particular importance to Pennsylvania. He pressed the Obama administration to crack down on unfair trade practices involving steel and other products. He was the original sponsor of the bill that led to the payroll tax cut that has helped millions get through the recession. Mr. Casey has been a champion of reforms in milk pricing that are crucial to dairy farmers and the future of the state's largest industry. He has promoted life science industries that, ideally, will help drive the economic resurgence of Northeast Pennsylvania.

Amid the volatile political atmosphere in Washington, Mr. Casey is best known, perhaps, as a centrist - a moderate Democrat who can work on both sides of the aisle, including with Sen. Pat Toomey, the Pennsylvania Republican. - Scrnaton Times-Tribune, 10/29/12

Wealthy guys like Romney and Smith don't care about worker's rights and safety.  They only care about making a huge profit and giving themselves tax breaks.  Senator Casey has proven to be a fighter for working-class Pennsylvanians and strongly supports policies that protect workers and help grow the middle-class.  Lets keep him in the Senate:

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Originally posted to pdc on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 10:14 AM PDT.

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