Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie McGinty today released a new TV ad focusing on her efforts as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection to create clean energy jobs, and her belief that Pennsylvania should be leading the way in “winning manufacturing and biotech jobs.”
In the ad, McGinty notes that under Governor Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania is “rock bottom” in creating jobs, but “with our natural resources, world-class work force and universities, we should be winning manufacturing and biotech jobs” to create “opportunity whether you wear steel-toe boots or a white lab coat.”
The ad opens citing praise of McGinty by President Bill Clinton for her job as White House Council Chair on Environmental Quality. In July, at a dedication ceremony renaming the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters after him, President Clinton said the building could be named after McGinty for her tenure heading environmental matters at the White House.
The ad also notes that she has been endorsed by Vice President Al Gore, who said, “Katie has always believed that we can create jobs and economic growth, while protecting our environment. And she has the record to prove it.”
Here’s the script:
Democrat Katie McGinty. Praised by President Clinton. Endorsed by Al Gore. A job creator who’ll protect our environment.
When I was environment secretary, we were number one in clean energy jobs, and cleaned up old factories to create even more jobs. But, under Tom Corbett we are rock bottom. With our natural resources, world-class work force and universities, we should be winning manufacturing and biotech jobs. Opportunity whether you wear steel-toe boots or a white lab coat.
McGinty was appointed by Governor Ed Rendell as the first woman to head the Department of Environmental Protection, and her campaign touted many of her accomplishments in that office, including bringing clean energy companies to Pennsylvania and cleaning up contaminated sites in Pennsylvania to attract new businesses, such as Bakery Square in Pittsburgh.
McGinty’s campaign also cites her private sector experience, which “focused on investing in clean tech companies, helping run a business that cleaned up and redeveloped brownfields, and developing clean energy and water projects.”
McGinty faces former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, Treasurer Rob McCord, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, and former Auditor General Jack Wagner in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.