Newcomer Republican from Philly to challenge Rep. Brady for 1st District U.S. House seat
PHILADELPHIA — Politics was never in the plan for Megan Rath until the 34-year-old answered a call on her typically quiet land line two years ago.
It was a cold call from the Philadelphia Republican Party seeking someone to serve as the minority inspector of elections in her Fairmount precinct. She agreed to do it.
Now, Rath is running for Congress, taking on longtime U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, D-1, of Philadelphia.
“It’s so random,” Rath said last month. “This wasn’t my dream job. This wasn’t on the bucket list, but now it is.”
Aside from her role as the minority inspector of elections, Rath does not have a history in politics.
She serves as a sales consultant for Biomet, which manufactures medical devices. The job requires her to spend a couple days each week in the operating room, where she recommends various medical devices to some of the area’s leading surgeons.
A Connecticut native, Rath earned an economics degree at Penn State University. Following graduation, Rath worked in a management position for Pepsi before moving to Philadelphia 10 years ago.
Rath said she decided to run, in part, due to feeling frustrated by the use of federal tax dollars. She noted that more than half of the district’s residents make less than $50,000 and that the district’s unemployment rate of 15.4 percent is more than double national rate.
“My question to Brady is what have you really done to help people?” Rath said.
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