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Former U.S. Attorney inching toward run against Altmire

Former U.S. Attorney inching toward run against Altmire

Despite being mostly quiet about her intentions since resigning as U.S. Attorney, Republican Mary Beth Buchanan is increasingly likely to challenge Congressman Jason Altmire (D-4) this year, according to a party insider who has spoken to her.

If she ultimately decides to run, Buchanan would seem to be the GOP’s best hope to emerge so far this cycle against Altmire, a Democrat representing a conservative-leaning district, though the party had initially hoped state Representative Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) would enter the race. A sophomore, Altmire was one of only two House Democrats in Pennsylvania to vote against health care reform legislation late last year.

Buchanan could not be reached for comment last week, but Allegheny County GOP chairman Jim Roddey told that Buchanan would be making a final decision soon.

“My sense is that she’s leading towards running, but I can’t confirm that,” Roddey said, adding that the two plan to meet soon to discuss a possible run. “I assume that if she wants to come and talk to me then she is getting serious about running in this election.

“Traditionally it’s been a pretty conservative district,” he added. “The question [Buchanan] needs to ask is whether or not that district is pleased with what Obama is doing.”

While she’s steered clear of reporters, Buchanan hasn’t been absent from the political scene. She was in New York recently for the Pennsylvania Society weekend gathering of political insiders, reportedly appearing at an event with big-wig Republicans. And Roddey has emerged as a supportive surrogate for Buchanan, defending her decision not to step down as san francisco dui attorney when her interest in the race was first disclosed last year and talking up her electoral potential.

“She has high name-recognition, she’s cleared the real hurdle,” Roddey said. “She’s been in the news a great deal over the past four years. Voters will definitely recognize her.”

January 4, 2010 at 7:58 am

--John Manganaro

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  1. Lee Levan

    Jan 4th, 2010

    Buchanan has a high name recognition all right. Unfortunately for her it is as a toady of John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzalez and as the person who put Tommy Chong in prison for virtually entraping him into selling a bong, even though prison is a rarely imposed penalty for that offense. She squeezed a plea bargain out of him by threatening to prosecute his wife. She made an example of him on the basis of a difference in culture and humor and because she thought his movies with Cheech Marin were a bad influence.

    Be careful what you wish for voters of the 4th congressional district. And make sure that your shades and drapes are drawn tight in your bedrooms. Mary Beth’s spies may be watching you.

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  3. Larry

    Jan 4th, 2010

    How does Buchannan explain away her ignoring Congressman Murphy using taxpayer dollars for his campaign? Or does she think that Zappala should do it just like he did with Orie?


    Jan 4th, 2010

    Would be an interesting race. Buchanan is a Bushie and Democrats will be none too enthusiastic to help Jason Altmire in his district. Toss up.

  5. Lee Levan

    Jan 4th, 2010

    Altmire should pray that Buchanan is his opponent in the fall. If he does a decent job of revealing who she is and what she stands for, all will be forgiven by the Democratic base. They’ll turn out in droves to vote against her.

  6. Dave

    Jan 5th, 2010

    I rather rather be a “toady” to Ashcroft and Gonzalez than be a Orc slave to the corrupt Eric Holder.

    But go ahead and try that because it worked so well on Chris Christie, who is the next governor of New Jersey. A place far more moonbattery than CD-4.

  7. CD

    Jan 26th, 2010

    Explain to me again why I shouldn’t vote for Jason Altmire? He is more conservative than most Neo cons I know. He’s got it right on so many issues: He voted against the unconsitutional war, He’s pro-life, He’s a co-sponsor to Audit the Fed, He voted against the healthscare Bill, He was against Cap and Trade, He has an A+ rating from the NRA for heaven’s sakes!!!! I am a republican and he has voted the way I have asked him to every time! But people don’t care about issues, all they care about is dem vs rep. It’s sick.

  8. DH

    Feb 25th, 2010

    I agree with CD from Jan 26th, 2010. I’m a Republican too and actually like Altmire. I just hope he hold to his guns on being against this socialist grab for power by the leaders of the party he is in.

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