An upstart challenger to a veteran incumbent was so taken by the Early Returns characterization of his candidacy that he decided to tell ER readers, in his own words, who he is and why he's running. Evan Feinberg titled his piece "The Kid From Pittsburgh":
Born and raised in southwestern PA, I made the decision to run for Congress this year because of the grave challenges facing our nation. My opponent, Tim Murphy, and his supporters have made little effort to explain his liberal, big-government voting record, choosing instead to take veiled personal shots at me – that I'm too young, too conservative, and in stunning news to me, not from Pittsburgh.
The Post-Gazette detailed some of these attacks in a recent story: "Dr. Tim vs. the Kid."
Let's set the record straight. I am deeply rooted in Pittsburgh. The people of Western PA want and need conservative leaders to turn the tide against big government. And it is imperative the people of my generation replace career politicians who put their next election before the next generation.