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Waiting for Mary Beth Buchanan

Waiting for Mary Beth Buchanan

By almost every account, she’s in the race and ready to run. Some had said an announcement was imminent.

So where is former U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan?

Apparently, taking her time before getting into a 4th Congressional District race where she will immediately be the Republican front-runner to take on sophomore Democrat Jason Altmire. One party leader who spoke with her a few days ago said Buchanan will finally take the plunge within a couple weeks.

“Ms. Buchanan has given me a time frame of two weeks in which she will make her announcement,” Allegheny County GOP chairman Jim Roddey said. “She has been going around to all the Republican committees, making presentations about her campaign, but as far as I know she hasn’t been more specific about her announcement.”

But Buchanan is “definitely committed,” Roddey added.

Courting the media can apparently wait. About half-a-dozen e-mail messages have gone unanswered, though she did speak to The Tribune-Review once last week.

Edgeworth lawyer Keith Rothfus is already seeking the party’s nomination, but Roddey said he wouldn’t pose much of a challenge to the well-known Buchanan. Rothfus finished 2009 with about $37,000 on hand, including $25,000 he loaned the campaign, according to campaign finance data.

“While Mr. Rothfus has already announced his candidacy and will probably meet Mary Beth in the primary,” Roddey said, “I don’t think the early start is going to help him. Buchanan has much better name recognition. He would have had to start even earlier.”

February 2, 2010 at 3:00 pm

--John Manganaro

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  1. Rob

    Feb 2nd, 2010

    I don’t see how Mary Beth Buchanan wins when Melissa Hart lost two straight elections in that district. Buchanan has more negatives than Hart, and the same right-wing views. Independents won’t go for her and she won’t get cross-over democrat votes that will amount to anything. I can’t believe that Jim Roddey is for her, unless he forgot that it’s winning the general election that counts, not winning the republican primary. Buchanan does not fit the profile of the republicans who are winning – social moderates who are not political insiders.

  2. Lee Levan

    Feb 3rd, 2010

    Bring on the clowns!

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