Former GOP Rep. Keith Rothfus considering jumping into Pennsylvania Senate race

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The Senate GOP primary in Pennsylvania could be even more crowded.

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Former Representative Keith Rothfuss, R-Pa., told Granthshala News on Tuesday that he is considering launching a Senate bid, a move that would further expand the Republican field for a seat to win control of the chamber. It is important for both sides in their fight. In next year’s midterm elections.

Rothfuss, who represented a district in the western part of the state from 2013 to 2019, said he has made “a bunch of phone calls” on potentially entering the race and is “getting positive feedback.”


Rothfuss said he is “exploring if there’s a way in this race, especially for someone who has represented western Pennsylvania in the past” and “has been on the ground over the past decade.” He mentioned boosting the energy industry in Pennsylvania, cutting government spending, and advocating for a more aggressive foreign policy with China as some of the issues that would be core to his candidacy if he jumped into the primary.

“The question is: what is its path?” he said. “I’m watching it closely and I’m on the phone a lot.”

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Rothfuss pointed to the need for primary candidates who have lived in Pennsylvania for years to participate in the growing field. Dr. Mehmet Oz, who announced his candidacy on Tuesday, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania but lived in New Jersey Recently 2020. In form of and registered to vote at her in-laws in Pennsylvania last year, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, Carla Sands, former President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Denmark and a fellow GOP candidate in the race, Spent Most of her adult life has been lived in California.

The Keystone State Senate race was shaken last week when Trump-backing candidate Sean Parnell ended his campaign after his wife was given sole legal custody of their children after he alleged abuse. Parnell, who was supported by Rothfuss at the time, has denied the allegations.

Pennsylvania is the only state president that Joe Biden won last where a Republican-held seat is now open. GOP Sen. Pat Tomei is not seeking another term. A victory here by either party could determine who controls the Senate, where Democrats currently have the edge with a tie-breaking vote for Vice President Kamala Harris.

In addition to Oz and Sands, other Republicans including Jeff Bartos, the party’s 2018 nominee for lieutenant governor, and Kathy Barnett, who last sought a congressional seat, are seeking the party’s nomination. Parnell’s personal troubles fueled speculation about new candidates including Oz, Rothfuss and David McCormick, husband of Trump administration official Dina Powell and CEO of Bridgewater Associates, a hedge fund based in Westport, Conn.

There is also a darker field on the Democratic side, including Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta, Dr. Val Arkosh, a physician and Montgomery County Commissioner and US Rep. Conor Lamb, who bested Rothfuss in the 2018 race. ,

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