Stan Wagner, the Republican candidate for the Governor in Pennsylvania, stood by the side of the road three weeks before the election day and wanted to send a message to the incumbent Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat. It said in part: "I am going to stamp your golf balls with your face."
Those violent images were perhaps the most shocking words of several verbal bombs that Mr Wagner had thrown in a video posted on Facebook on Friday, as the country is approaching the homestretch of a tense campaign season. On Friday afternoon, the video was viewed more than 28,000 times.
"Well, Governor Wolf, let me tell you what, between now and November 6th, you'd better put a catcher mask on your face, because I'm going to punch your face with golf spikes," roared Mr. Wagner, while the sound of cars that raced past was heard nearby. "Because I'm going to win this for the state of Pennsylvania, and we'll throw you out of your office because I'm tired of your negative ads."
The ad came because both parties have sparred about the level of politeness in politics, with Republicans who recently left Democratic protesters during comparative hearings for Brett M. Kavanaugh to a crowd and criticized remarks about Justice Kavanaugh by various Democrats.
As expected, the Mr. Wolf's comments from Mr. Wagner.
"Scott Wagner's last account shows that he is disorganized and unfit for his job," said Beth Melena, a spokeswoman, in a statement. "Threats to violence have no place in society, especially those who are candidates for public office."
But Andrew Romeo, a spokesman for Mr. Wagner, said in a statement that his "comments could not be taken literally."
"He wanted them to be a metaphor for how he would approach the final piece of the campaign," said Mr. Romeo. The video was meant to claim that Mr. Wolf had "hid behind false and negative ads like a coward," he said.
The negative advertisement that seems to make Mr Wagner so angry and that he showed during his Facebook video, claimed that the waste processing company he owned, Penn Waste, had fined 6,979 of his customers.
Wagner defended the lawsuits and said that they were a necessary part in getting backward clients to pay their bills. "If you have a business and provide a service, you want to be paid for it," he said.
Polls show that Mr. Wagner, a senator of the state, may have difficulty putting Mr. Wolf out of office. A Poll released last month by Franklin & Marshall College left him trailing the incumbent with 22 points, 30 percent to 52 percent, among probable voters, with 17 percent of voters undecided. Fifty percent of the respondents said that Wolf did an "excellent" or "good" work as a governor.
Reclaiming land in Pennsylvania is a major priority this year for the Democratic Party, which raged when the state voted for President Trump in 2016. Together with Michigan and Wisconsin, it was one of the three states that were considered trustworthy and whose votes helped Mr. Trump decide the election.
The political field suggests that democrats have reason to hope in November. Republican candidates face an electorate, especially in suburban swing districts, which is still uncomfortable with Mr. Trump. And earlier this year, the state court ordered a redesign of the congress districts of Pennsylvania, which were considered to be a partisan gerrymander who preferred the Republicans.