ABC News' Teddy Davis reports: Rep. Don Sherwood, the Pennsylvania Republican accused of choking his former mistress, has issued a television ad in which he asks for forgiveness for the "mistake" he made which "nearly cost him" the love his wife and daughters.
While saying that the "allegation of abuse was never true," Sherwood tells the voters of Pennsylvaniaâ€™s 10th congressional district that if they were to forgive him, he will stay focused on reducing taxes, creating jobs, and bringing home the districtâ€™s fair share.
In a sign of how invective the debate surrounding former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) has become, the campaign manager for Chris Carney, Sherwood's Democratic opponent, has issued a paper statement criticizing Sherwood for holding a Boehner fundraiser earlier today and a Hastert fundraiser later this month: "Holding happy hour fundraisers with people who cover-up the cyber-molestation of children should be below even the questionable morals of Don Sherwood," reads the Democratic statement.
The controversy surrounding Sherwood's affair has taken a district that President Bush carried by 20 points and has made it extremely competitive. Democrats need a net gain of 15 seats to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Sherwood and Carney square off in their first debate on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA