DCCC edits Rothfus China ad

Published by Tim McNulty on .

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has edited their ad hitting Keith Rothfus for having ties to China -- via a 1993 Post-Gazette brief mentioning his then law firm opened an office there -- to instead say he "believe[s] in free trade."

The new spot is above. Rothfus started running a response ad yesterday saying the closest he's been to China is when he's "ordered takeout for his family."

The ad is an independent attack from the DCCC and not from incumbent Mark Critz, but the Rothfus campaign was quick to leap on the edit. Said Rothfus spokesman Jon Raso:

"This proves Keith Rothfus was right, the attacks against him are so outrageous even they had to admit it and change the ad. Unfortunately, the liberal allies of Congressman Critz who funded the ad must have "accidentally" left in the claim that has called "blatantly false." Now if only they would come clean to the voters and admit it's been the policies of President Obama and Congressman Critz that have sent our jobs overseas, they'd actually have an honest ad."

UPDATE A DCCC official responds:

The first ad effectively showed Keith Rothfus' support of policies that hurt Western Pennsylvania and this second ad builds on the first by using an even more damaging quote from Rothfus himself about his support for free trade.

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