GOP State Senators Targeted in Ads about Clergy Sex Abuse Issue

By Post Gazette
Angela Couloumbis
October 23, 2018

The emotionally charged debate in the state capital over a bill to help victims of alleged clergy sex abuse has officially become a campaign issue.

Democrats on Wednesday will begin airing the first television ad knocking moderate Republican senators from the Philadelphia suburbs -- several facing tough reelection battles -- for the GOP-controlled chamber's failure last week to vote on a measure endorsed by Gov. Wolf, top law enforcement officials, the House of Representatives, and victims' advocates.

Among other changes, the legislation would have temporarily allowed older victims of clergy abuse to sue their alleged abusers and the institutions that may have covered up the crimes.

"They call it a window to justice," a woman's voice intones on the ad, paid for by the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, the election arm of Senate Democrats. "But Republicans in the Senate? They just walked away. No vote. No debate. No justice..








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