John Fetterman’s parents gave him money into his 40s. Republicans say that undercuts his blue-collar image
John Fetterman campaigns at the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 Headquarters in Plymouth Meeting on April 16, 2022. - TYGER WILLIAMS/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

PHILADELPHIA — In his ads, and much of the public imagination, John Fetterman is a tattooed everyman from a rugged steel city outside Pittsburgh. The phrase “blue collar tough guy” flashes across one of his TV ads as a grim-faced Fetterman poses before billowing smokestacks. “He’s looked different and been different his entire life,” a narrator says. That persona has long irked Republicans, who say Fetterman’s distinctive visual cues leave an impression that he’s more working class — and more moderate — than he really is. Now, as Fetterman campaigns as Pennsylvania’s Democratic nominee for U.S...


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