Lou Barletta: “I’m a Miami Dolphins fan”

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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.

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Victor Gonzalas, left, and Eduardo Almada, both from Jaurez, Mexico, followed Pittsburgh to watch the Steelers play the Patriots

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.

About Jake Sternberger

Jake Sternberger has been a contributing writer at Keystone Politics since 2011. Sternberger primarily covers campaigns and elections, drawing from his experience working on municipal, county, congressional, and statewide PA races doing field, communications, and campaign management. He is currently a law student. Email: jakes@keystonepolitics.com Twitter: @JakeSternberger
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12 Responses to Lou Barletta: “I’m a Miami Dolphins fan”

  1. ed says:

    Isn’t it funny that a guy that is anti hispanic is a fan of an NFL city loaded with em!

  2. Joe says:

    The 11th Congressional District is Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and adjacent areas to the south and west, right? If so, he’s out of the Steelers’ home region. He should be either an Eagles fan, or possibly a fan of one of the north Jersey teams (NYG or NYJ). Regardless, being a Dolphins fan makes no sense politically, and no sense at all unless the guy is originally from Florida or an adjacent southern state (from back in day when Miami was the only NFL team south of DC on the east coast).

  3. truthseeker says:

    Why is this relevant?

    • Jon Geeting says:

      Because voters care (irrationally!) about the personal lives of politicians. Lou Barletta is saying “I am not a member of your tribe, football fans of Pennsylvania.”

      • Diana says:

        In agreement, Jon. More than that, though, his being an ultraconservative Rebiblican puts him smack dab in the middle of a tribe rapidly on its way toward extinction. But ’til that finally occurs, Steelers country is no place for the likes of him to prosper and wield power. To members of the Steelers tribe and all sane voters of Pennsylvania, THROW THE BUM OUT! He clearly doesn’t have the sense or good judgment to represent anyone. Miami — sheesh!

  4. Joe says:

    I live in NYC and I am a STEELERS fan. Strange how this guy is a Dolphins fan though. I hope he is a least a conservative Republican, then I can forgive him!

  5. Frank says:

    Classic. The fact that he’s from a NE district is very much relevant. He looks to be about the age of a guy who grew up in the 1970s, when people who lived around the NY area had dismal teams to cheer on (Jets and Jints). Most NYers of that time understood that loyalty meant sticking with your team through thick adn thin, but there was a fairly large minority who chose to jump on the bandwagon. Not just any bandwagon, but the teams in NYs divisions that were winning at the time: Miami and Dallas. There’s also a small minority of these meatheads who also began rooting for the Steelers – not because of a legitimate affinity for The Nation, but simply because we were winning. In other words, this Congressman is a bandwagon guy. Very relevant when measuring whether he has earned the trust to be voted for.

  6. Norma Ravetto says:

    Hey Mr Baretta has kicked the heart of Pittsburgh with his NEGATIVE remark about about the beloved Steelers. When at home I worked many years with the DNC and very successful at times. Mr Baretta would please me to give me the opportunity to campaign for his competition.

  7. Fran says:

    Having lived my whole life, 66 years in the Scranton area and having been a Steelers fan for most of those years, I now have one more reason to dislike this guy. Steelers, Eagles, Jets and Giants fans dominate the area. No Dolphin fans. This guy has gotten to congress on his extreme stand and harassment of Hispanics in Hazelton, PA. Democrats dominate the area but Gerrymandering keeps him in office. He doesn’t reflect my views on anything. Go Steelers.

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