The air war continues today in the competitive PA-12 congressional race between Mark Critz and Keith Rothfus, with the latest volley coming from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
And as usual from the Democrats -- though Republican Rothfus' campaign has been adopting similar language lately -- the spot contains jabs at the GOP candidate's supposed connections to China. This time the evidence is a brief, two sentence note in the Aug. 18, 1993 Post-Gazette about a law firm Rothfus worked for from 1990-93, Pittsburgh's giant Eckert Seamans, opening an office in China. (It's not on the Web so we'll append the whole article with Eckert lines in bold after the jump.)
UPDATE 12:30PM: From the Rothfus campaign's Jonathan Raso:
"No surprise that the day we learn that there have now been 43 straight months of above 8% unemployment in the Obama/Critz economy, the liberal Democrat leadership in Washington is making a desperate attempt to distract the voters of Southwest PA from the fact Congressman Critz has failed them so miserably. The Critz campaign and his liberal colleagues in Washington would have you believe that because Rothfus worked for a law firm that partnered with another law firm overseas, 20 year ago, when he was a young 28-year-old associate straight out of law school, that means he wants to harm the middle class. The middle class has been harmed by the failed policies of President Obama and Congressman Critz that send our tax dollars to China to pay for the trillions of dollars of debt they have added and China is financing. Obama and Critz are sending our tax dollars to China to pay the debt instead of paying for Pennsylvania roads and bridges. It's no wonder we've been left with an economy in which for the last month, for every one American that was hired, four Americans simply gave up. That is the Congressman Critz legacy, and we simply can't afford any more of this failure. Keith Rothfus will fight for jobs, fight for job creators, and fight for the middle class. Enough is enough, it's time to turn the page."
1 / 1 - Wednesday, August 18, 1993
Memo: FOR THE RECORD
People on the move
Linda B. Burke, tax counsel of Alcoa, has been elected senior vice president of Tax Executives Institute Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based association of corporate tax executives.
PageMart Inc., a Dallas-based paging network, has opened an office at 600 N. Bell Ave., Carnegie.
Glimcher Group has signed Goodwill Industries to occupy a store at Hermitage Hills Plaza in Sharon.
The law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott has formed a strategic alliance with Beijing No. 6 Law Office of the People's Republic of China. The two firms will refer clients to each other and exchange visits and legal materials.
Stephen M. Tobe, president of the Pittsburgh office of Signature Financial, has been named to the President's Club of the American Funds Group, a mutual fund company.
Dave Arendsen of Coraopolis has been awarded Herman Miller Inc.'s annual sales award for outstanding performance in the East region over the past 12 months.
Raymond D. Nicewonger, Blair Run Auction Gallery, 111 Wilt Lane, Duncansville, 16635. Chapter 7: assets $5,758; liabilities $78,363.
Joseph E. Baird, t/a Hopwood Hardware, P.O. Box 325, Hopwood, 15445. Chapter 7: assets $2,820; liabilities $9,921.
Frank Babich, t/a Ace Catering, 818 Chestnut St., Johnstown, 15906. Chapter 7: assets $11,861; liabilities $298,199.
Ronald G. Polcawich, Chiropractic Center, 26 Grape St., Pittsburgh, 15210. Chapter 13: assets n/a; liabilities n/a.
Latrobe Industries Inc., P.O. Box 149, Latrobe, 15650. Chapter 7: assets $0; liabilities $193,462.
Latrobe-Chatham Die Casting Co., P.O. Box 149, Latrobe, 15650. Chapter 7: assets $0; liabilities $27,482.
Latrobe Die Casting Co., P.O. Box 149, Latrobe, 15650. Chapter 7: assets n/ a; liabilities n/a.
Riverside Tool & Die Co., P.O. Box 149, Latrobe, 15650. Chapter 7: assets $0; liabilities $199,838.
Commercial National Financial Corp., parent company of Commercial National Bank of Westmoreland County, raised the quarterly dividend to 39 cents per share from 35 cents. The dividend is payable Sept. 30 to shareholders of record Sept. 7.