The opponent of Bruce Castor, the former district attorney in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, who is running again for his old job, has launched a television ad criticizing Castor for not prosecuting Bill Cosby in 2005.
The new 30-second television ad, from candidate Kevin Steele, is entitled “Tough.” It is currently airing in the Philadelphia market.
In the ad, Steele, currently Montgomery County’s first assistant district attorney, boasts of his office’s “98 percent conviction rate” and the “tough sentences for sexual predators” he has purportedly earned in his present position.
The ad then refers to Castor as “the former DA who refused to prosecute Bill Cosby,” and uses Castors own words against him by citing comments he has made to various news outlets about the case: “In Pennsylvania, we charge people for criminal conduct,” he told Bloomberg Politics in November 2014. “We don’t charge people for making a mistake or doing something foolish.”Castor, now a Montgomery County commissioner, did not respond to a request for comment about the ad. Neither did Cosby’s attorney, Monique Pressley. Cosby’s other lawyer, Marty Singer, has denied all allegations of sexual assault against Cosby, saying in a statement last November that claims “about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous.”
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