Two-term Republican Congressman Lou Barletta is in a relatively safe district. But Thursday, the Congressman went on Hugh Hewitt’s conservative talk radio station and revealed a personal fact that could endanger his electability more than any of his policy positions. It turns out that Barletta doesn’t identify as either a Steelers or Eagles fan, but instead prefers the Miami Dolphins.
You can listen to the audio here.
Below is a transcript of the segment:
Hewitt: Congressman Lou Barletta represents Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional district. Sad, he’s from Pennsylvania. We’ll overlook that he’s probably a Steelers fan, I’m not sure. Congressman Barletta, are you a Steelers fan?
LB: No, I’m a Miami Dolphins fan.
Hewitt: Oh, okay, then we’ll let you talk. Just so long as you’re not a Steelers fan, we’ll pretty much let you talk.
The Steelers are the most popular American football team in Mexico, which may explain Barletta’s decision to support a different team. Barletta, a well-known ultra-anti-immigration Republican, may have chosen to ditch the Steelers for that very reason.
It is unclear why he would not naturally revert to supporting the Eagles, but with their disappointing recent seasons, it’s hard to blame him.
At least he’s not a Cowboy’s fan.