Election 2010 Case Profile: Pennsylvania 7th
Editor’s Note – This is a sample of one of many tight races during this election cycle. With non existent campaign finance regulation thanks to the ultra-conservative Supreme Court decision on “Citizens United,” many of the US Congressional races have virtually no public appearances or debates schedules by the side with a huge war chest. Advertisements, especially the negative kind are being broadcast, and voters are not getting a chance to actually know who the candidates are in a side by side comparison. The race below demonstrates why this may be the case.
In Pennsylvania’s 7th District, pinpointed by every major prognosticators as one of the key, bell-weather races in the 2010 cycle, Republicans have put forth another lackluster candidates, former District Attorney Pat Meehan. Meehan, who is running against Democrat Bryan Lentz, a state Representative, Iraq veteran and former criminal prosecutor in Philadelphia, was exposed during a recent debate in the suburban Philadelphia District, stumbling through his responses and drawing harsh criticism from the local media.
Meehan a Republican insider who’s spent decades in the Pennsylvania GOP establishment (he worked for then-Republican Sen. Arlen Specter and managed extreme conservative Rick Santorum’s Senate bid), has campaigned with Republican leaders John Boehner ad Eric Cantor, and is heavily funded by corporate-backed organizations like Americans for Job Security that aren’t obligated to reveal their donors. Within the past week, Meehan has canceled a public, planned debate with the League of Women Voters, a non-partisan organization, refused to attend a public town hall with Lentz and well-known conservative radio host Dom Giordano, and backed out of two senior citizens forums in the district.
Meehan’s refusal to appear in public and his direct ties to the GOP’s corporate interests shows that Republicans, even in a crucial swing district, are willing to put forward candidates prepared to take orders from Boehner, Cantor, and Wall Street millionaires.