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Democrats cry foul after ad pulled in PA-12

For weeks, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has gone after Tim Burns, the Republican candidate in Pennsylvania's special election Tuesday to replace the late John Murtha, over his support of the Fair Tax, a plan to replace the income tax with a national sales tax.

Today, Pittsburgh TV station WPGH pulled the ad, prompting the Burns campaign to declare victory over the "lying" of national Democrats.

But Democrats aren't backing down. They point out that WPGH is owned by Sinclair Broadcasting, a conservative-leaning corporation that became infamous during the 2004 campaign for an 11th-hour broadcast attacking the anti-Vietnam War activism of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.).

And they stand by the arguments in their ad, which are based on Burns's support of the Fair Tax and his signing of Americans for Tax Reform's taxpayer protection pledge. Democrats tell me the ad will remain on the air on other TV stations in Pittsburgh and Johnstown, which serve Pennsylvania's 12th District.

The ad:

By David Weigel  |  May 14, 2010; 4:28 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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