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Barletta Tries To Wake Up Sleepy Senate Race With Attack Ad

Carolyn Kaster

Lou Barletta is trying to wake up Pennsylvania's sleepy U.S. Senate race.

Barletta, a four-term Republican congressman, began airing his first TV attack ad of the general election campaign Friday, accusing two-term Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of being ineffective and asleep on the job.


Barletta's campaign maintains that Casey has a lackluster record of legislative success, citing congressional records that four Casey bills have become law. It also cites an academic methodology of Casey's legislative success from 2007 to 2010.

Casey's ratings have dramatically improved since then, and his campaign contends that dozens of bills he wrote have become law, often amended into larger bills that didn't bear his name.

Casey is seeking a third six-year term in the Nov. 6 election. Barletta has badly lagged Casey in fundraising and polls.