The criticism was part of their website and a web video against Critz, who faces a tough challenge in Republican attorney Keith Rothfus.
PoliticsPA reported on the initial attack, which has been edited since Critz’s campaign seized on it.
“Which of these Critz votes hurts Pennsylvania the most?” asked the website from FreedomWorks for America, a conservative super PAC affiliated with the Tea Party. “Opposed privatization of Social Security,” was one of the options – but no more. Seen the side-by-side above.
The population of PA-12 is one of the oldest in the nation, and efforts to touch Social Security are very unpopular here. The initial attack was an unforced error on the part of FreedomWorks, and this attempt to scrub the site compounds it.
“FreedomWorks may have changed their attack website and video, but they cannot change the fact that Keith Rothfus wants to privatize Social Security and Medicare,” Critz spokesman Mike Mikus said. “Keith Rothfus was caught red-handed last week when FreedomWorks – one the first groups to support him – attacked Mark Critz for opposing privatization of Social Security.”
Rothfus’s campaign still has not responded to a PoliticsPA inquiry on the subject.