Earlier this month, newly elected Western Pennsylvania Congressman Keith Rothfus took his first substantive vote — by opposing $9 billion in flood insurance for victims of Superstorm Sandy. Only a small number of hardline conservatives opposed the bill; even local Republicans Tim Murphy and Mike Kelly supported the aid. Rothfus explained that while his "thoughts and prayers go out" to storm victims, disaster aid should be paid for with cuts elsewhere in the budget.
Many Pennsylvanians may have been surprised by Rothfus' vote. Last year, he campaigned as a "Regular Guy" — a concerned dad who worried about deficits, but was still an actual human being. What about those ads showing him mowing the lawn and fixing his kids' bicycles?
City Paper has learned that the Rothfus team is already working on his 2014 re-election bid. And we've gotten an advance copy of a Rothfus TV ad, which suggests how he'll reconcile his family-guy persona with his extremist beliefs. Here's a preview.