U.S. Rep. Mark Critz -- who wore a Steeler jersey through the day yesterday while campaigning in PA12 -- used some locker room talk during a speech to union supporters in Johnstown that's drawing a rebuke from GOP challenger Keith Rothfus.
"We're in a fight," Critz said. "You hate to say it, 'us against them.' This is the middle class' stand, and because of you folks we're going to do this. We're going to put my size 101/2 shoe up Keith Rothfus' rear end. So, when he goes back to Grover Norquist, and (Rep. Pete) Sessions, and (House Speaker John) Boehner, and (Rep. Eric) Cantor and (Gov.) Mitt Romney, he can say, 'Can you read this? What size shoe is this?' because it's going to come out of his mouth I'm going to shove it so far up there."
The Rothfus camp called his words "vulgar" and a "disgrace":
Y"esterday's comments by Congressman Critz were unprofessional and a disgrace to the office he holds. As we enter Election Day today, the real Critz is coming forward, showing the desperation and vulgar tactics that have been a hallmark of his campaign for reelection. The people of southwestern Pennsylvania deserve a representative that rises above the immature behavior that has been pervasive in our political system. I'm proud to have their support and am confident that we will send a bold and direct message to Congressman Critz and his ally President Obama this evening."