I was disappointed to see this opinion from Sy Snyder:
PA-12. With all of Rep. Mark Critz’s (D-Cambria) attention turned toward his opponent Keith Rothfus, and whether or not he should hire workers as consultants, the district’s voters have lost out on a week of campaigning – serious, down-to-the-issues campaigning. While we don’t know whether Rothfus is dodging taxes, we do know we’d like to see less Twitter bickering and more productivity.
Most voters have already made up their minds on the candidates because they’re partisans of either party. The swing voters who are actually up for grabs don’t really have strong policy views. That’s what makes them swing voters. They’re more likely to be evaluating the candidates as people, judging them on their character and personal values.
I think the tax avoidance issue gets right at what kind of a man Keith Rothfus is. He, like Mitt Romney, is a guy who seeks out weasely ways to avoid paying taxes. And as a politician, he’s a member of a political party that is constantly defending tax avoidance behavior as patriotic. It’s fair to argue that using loopholes like this is fair game until politicians get around to closing them. But the Republicans also don’t want to close the loopholes. In Congress, Rothfus can be expected to defend precisely the kind of slipshod tax policies that he is currently exploiting as a candidate.