Former U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan is officially running for Congress.
The Fox Chapel Republican has filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission for the seat currently held by Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless. There have been rumors that she might run going back to October, and she has been attending many Republican events (including the GOP state committee meeting Saturday), but she had not yet officially announced a run.
"As a federal prosecutor, I have devoted my entire professional life to public service and rose to the rank of U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania. I have always understood that I was accountable to our citizens to keep our communities safe and our taxpayers to protect their hard earned money," Ms. Buchanan said in a statement. "Like most Americans, I am concerned about the mis-placed priorities in Washington and our broken system of government," remarked Buchanan.
"I am running for Congress because Washington needs a new direction . . . Jason Altmire is part of the problem because he sides with liberals in Washington including Nancy Pelosi over families here at home."
She is currently set to take on fellow Republicans Bob Klein, Keith Rothfus and John Vinsick in the May 18 primary. Candidates could start collecting petition signatures yesterday to get on the primary ballot, but the final candidate list will not be known until March 24, the deadline for withdrawing from the race.
Mr. Rothfus, an attorney from Edgeworth, said he looks forward to "spirited competition" in the GOP primary.
"While I have spent most of the last 20 years working with job-creating businesses in the district, my opponent has been on the federal payroll since Ronald Reagan was President. At a time when Pennsylvanians are looking for change, it is all too clear that Ms. Buchanan represents the same old 'politics as usual' that has failed the people of western Pennsylvania," he said in a statement.
Said Mr. Altmire: "This is not the time for campaigning. While the Republican candidates focus their attention on partisan politics and winning the Republican nomination, I will continue to focus my attention on doing the job I was elected to do."
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