The GOP state Senate primary between Mark Mustio and D. Raja is rivaling the bitter internecine Democratic battle between Jason Altmire and Mark Critz as the toughest primary in the state, let along the Pittsburgh region.

Following up on a TV ad on Raja's business practices at his Scott tech firm, the Mustio camp has released the mail piece above going over the same territory. There is nothing wrong with the attack facts, but it's interesting for directly tracking the outsourcing attacks made by Democrat Rich Fitzgerald in the county executive race last fall, down to the sourcing from the same 2005 magazine story. One gets the impression from the Raja camp that they don't like the tone of either attack, which was something heard last fall too.

The Raja camp has gone negative too -- just as it did early in last year's race. PoliticsPa tracked down an ad below knocking Mustio for his vote in favor of the 2005 pay raise and for collecting the per-diems allotted to lawmakers. Again, that's old ground but odd to hear in a race between two Republicans. (GOP activist Sue Means is also in the race.)

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