Of mice and congressmen: Does Conor Lamb support rodents or Medicare recipients?

Republican Keith Rothfus, Lamb’s opponent in the 17th Congressional District, poses the question in a new TV ad.

Preble's meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei).

Preble's meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei).

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In a new televised ad, Republican Congressman Keith Rothfus says his Democratic opponent for Pennsylvania’s new 17th Congressional District, Rep. Conor Lamb, supported taking billions from Medicare — while also voting to use federal funds to protect a threatened species of mouse.

“Who’s Conor Lamb protecting?” the ad asks. “Not seniors. Lamb supports a program that took billions from Medicare. Not the sick. Lamb wants to keep higher taxes on prescriptions and insurance. Not families. Lamb voted to protect criminals hiding in sanctuary cities.”

“Who is Conor Lamb protecting?” the narrator then asks. “A mouse. Lamb voted to spend tax dollars to protect mice. Seriously.”

We decided to mouse around and vet the claims for ourselves. Here’s what we found.