Kentucky businessman Jeffrey Reetz (R) wasn't the only National Republican Congressional Committee-backed candidate to lose in Tuesday's primaries. Former U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan, who was running in Pennsylvania's 4th district GOP primary, also failed to win her party's nomination. Buchanan was reportedly a top recruit for the NRCC but she lost by more than 30 points to attorney Keith Rothfus (R).
From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
According to preliminary results, Rothfus held a commanding lead with 67 percent of the vote compared to Buchanan's 33 percent with 77 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night.
Rothfus, 48, raised more money and carried less political baggage than Buchanan -- two reasons he said made him the stronger choice to face Democratic U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, 42, of McCandless in November. Altmire took office in 2007.
"People I actually came in contact with were very supportive and very responsive. Apparently there were a lot of other people out there who felt differently," Buchanan said at her campaign headquarters in Wexford.
Rothfus, a father of six, touted his time as an attorney in President George W. Bush's Office of Faith-Based Initiatives. The Bush administration hired Rothfus after he volunteered on the former president's 2004 re-election campaign.
Buchanan promoted her eight years as Western Pennsylvania's top federal prosecutor even though opponents ridiculed her for a failed corruption case against former Allegheny County Coroner Dr. Cyril H. Wecht and her conviction of famed marijuana advocate Tommy Chong for selling bongs online.