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Pa. senators will cheer Steelers at White House

Casey and Toomey will support home team at gathering with Obama.



WASHINGTON – Pennsylvania’s two U.S. senators will be rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday from a super address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Scranton and his Republican counterpart, Sen. Pat Toomey of Zionsville, are among a group of about 100 guests – from lawmakers and cabinet members, to family and friends of President Obama – planning to attend a Super Bowl party at the White House.

Obama is staying neutral after his beloved Chicago Bears lost in the NFC championship game to the Green Bay Packers. There will be Packers backers at the White House, also, to even out the cheering.

Casey noted in a release that he could not be on hand in State College for Obama’s visit to Penn State University on Thursday, saying Senate business kept him in Washington.

But, added Casey in the release, “I will see the president on Sunday at the White House to cheer on the Steelers.”

Casey will be attending with his wife, Terese, and their daughters, Elyse, Caroline, Julia and Marena, his office said.

Casey said he also watched the Super Bowl from the White House the last time the Steelers took home the trophy, in 2009. He hopes his being there again will “bring the team the same stroke of luck,” he said in a separate statement through his office.

Toomey also will be rooting on the Steelers at the White House bash, along with his wife, Kris, and two older children, Bridget, 10, and Patrick, 9. Toomey wishes, however, that it was an all-Pennsylvania Super Bowl pitting the Steelers against the Philadelphia Eagles, said his spokeswoman, Rebecca Neal.

U.S. Reps. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, and Tom Marino, R-Lycoming Township, apparently did not receive invites to the White House party and will be home in their districts during the big game, their offices said.

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