PA12 Republican Keith Rothfus will speak to the Republican National Convention Monday, probably in the slot reserved for congressional candidates after the convention's 2 p.m. launch.
UPDATE Monday 10AM from the Rothfus camp:
Due to the cancellation of Monday's events at the Republican National Convention, Keith Rothfus is now scheduled to speak Tuesday, August 28th at approximately 3:00pm. Rothfus was invited to speak about his personal struggle with cancer and the importance of defending the doctor-patient relationship and saving Medicare for our seniors. The speech can be seen live on CSPAN.
Rothfus plans to speak on the politically-risky subject of Medicare, though the lens of his 2006 diagnosis of advanced colon cancer, one month before the birth of his sixth child (a "regular guy" worry if there ever was one). From the Rothfus camp:
“I am honored and humbled to accept the invitation to speak on behalf of the citizens from Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District on the importance of defending our doctors, patients, and seniors from the threat of Obamacare," Rothfus said. "As a cancer survivor, there is no subject more personal to me than our nation’s health. As a son with parents on Medicare, there is nothing more troubling to me than the $700 billion stolen from Medicare to pay for Obamacare. And as a southwestern Pennsylvanian, there is nothing more pressing than getting the people of Southwest PA back to work. We must do all we can to better our nation’s health care, defend and strengthen Medicare, and bring jobs back to the American people – I am excited to take Pennsylvania’s fight to the national level.”
Medicare of course is one of the major issues in the Sewickley attorney's race against U.S. Rep. Mark Critz, D-Johnstown, and the Democrat's spokesman Mike Mikus was quick to tie Rothfus to the health voucher plans forwarded by VP pick Paul Ryan:
"It is not surprising that Keith Rothfus will be in Tampa defending the Rothfus/Ryan Budget that ends Medicare by turning it into a voucher program and costs senior citizens and additional $6,400 for health care all so he can pay for more tax cuts for the wealthy. Instead of sucking up to party insiders in Tampa, Keith Rothfus should be explaining to the people of Western Pennsylvania why he will force seniors to pay more for their health care so millionaires can receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional tax breaks."