Turzai expected to challenge for combined U.S. House seat

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Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai apparently will run for Congress in the new 12th District, in a seat currently shared by Democrats Jason Altmire and Mark Critz.

Mr. Turzai could not be immediately reached for confirmation, but Allegheny County Republican chair Jim Roddey confirmed the move, saying the Bradford Woods Republican reached the decision after talks with Gov. Tom Corbett.

"The governor wants him to run," Mr. Roddey said.

Edgeworth attorney Keith Rothfus also has been running for the GOP primary for the seat. He came within two points of ousting Mr. Altmire, D-McCandless, in their 2010 race. Mr. Rothfus is used to tough primaries, having beaten the better-known Mary Beth Buchanan, the former U.S. Attorney, in their 2010 primary faceoff.

In the latest round of congressional redistricting -- in which Pennsylvania lost one of its 19 seats -- Mr. Altmire's 4th District seat north of Pittsburgh was combined with the 12th District seat held by Mr. Critz of Johnstown.

Timothy McNulty: tmcnulty@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1581.


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