Perry, Pitts, Rothfus are PA’s “Republican Resistance”
Cook Political Report released a list of 69 Republicans who have voted against three or more of the last four major bipartisan bills, including the Fiscal Cliff deal, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, the farm bill and the Hurricane Sandy Relief bill.
Pennsylvania Republicans Joe Pitts (R-Chester), Scott Perry (R-York) and Keith Rothfus (R-Allegheny) made the list, which Cook calls “Republican Resistance in the U.S. House.”
Rothfus and Perry were voted into Congress in 2012 and therefore were ineligible to vote for or against the Fiscal Cliff deal, but they did vote against the other three bills studied in the Cook Report. Pitts was present at the time and voted for the fiscal cliff deal.
The Fiscal Cliff deal, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and the Hurricane Sandy Relief bill all passed, but the most recent version of the farm bill failed to pass Congress.
The report also assessed the Cook Partisan Voting Index (PVI) which measures the likelihood of the district voting either Republican or Democrat. Perry’s and Rothfus’ districts are considered safer, both measuring R+9. Pitts’ district is just R+4.
Perry and Pitts do not yet have declared challengers for 2014, but there is a Democratic primary between businesswoman Erin McClelland and former Rep. John Murtha Chief of Staff John Hugya to face Rothfus in PA-12.