PA GOP Candidate Rothfus: Democratic Attack Ad 'A Complete Lie'

Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 04:34 PM

By Patrick Hobin and John Bachman

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Democrats during the election season are running ads that are either a distraction, a deception, or present a division, Keith Rothfus, candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 12th district, told Newsmax TV.

Rothfus has been called a “millionaire Wall Street” lawyer in Democratic ads being run against him despite only having set foot on Wall Street as a tourist.

Watch the exclusive interview here.

“They have no record to run on,” he said. “Every Democrat ad you see this fall will have one of three D’s in it. It will be a distraction. It will be a deception. Or there will be a division. So they want to distract you from their failed economic record of chronically high unemployment.”

“You have $5.5 trillion increase in the national debt, a very unpopular takeover of our healthcare system that threatens today’s Medicare recipients, Rothfus said. “Four million people are going to lose their Medicare Advantage plans by 2018. So they’re trying to distract you from this failed economic record. And they’re also going to deceive you, to try to trick you. And they’re going to divide. They’re going to try to divide the American people when we’re all in this together. We’ve got to relight America together and this job creation engine growing again. You don’t do that by dividing people.”

The Republican lawyer said he was somewhat surprised in the way the Democratic ads characterized him.

“I work on Stanwix Street in Pittsburgh and I was frankly a little surprised when they leveled these charges at me, although, knowing it’s the big labor unions, the SCIU, that are coming after me, I guess nothing should surprise me,” he said. “In any event, I work for small and large businesses out here Western Pennsylvania with local Western Pennsylvania employers.”

“One of those employers out here is BNY Mellon and historically it was Mellon Bank here in Western Pa.,” he continued. “There were about 7,500 people who worked for BNY Mellon in Western Pa., providing good jobs. And I do things like software licenses for them. So it was interesting to see the ads come up calling me a Wall Street attorney when I’ve only been to Wall Street once in life and that was 1980 as a tourist.”

Further clarifying his role, he said, “I do supply goods. So, for example, if the bank wanted to buy paper for a printer, I’d work on a paper supply agreement or software licenses, something of that nature.”

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