Our colleague William Bender just filed this report from Delaware County:
Is Jim Schneller an unwitting participant in a Democratic plot to split the conservative vote in the 7th Congressional District? Or have a bunch of Delaware County Democrats – including those close to Democratic congressional candidate Bryan Lentz – become enamored with a right-wing candidate who questions President Obama’s citizenship and the findings of the 9/11 Commission?
"Much of this is a giant surprise. It’s befuddling to me," Schneller said today when confronted with evidence that Lentz’s allies and other politically active Democrats in the district helped place him on the ballot by gathering signatures on his behalf. Schneller, 54, of Wayne, said he hasn’t had any contact with the Lentz campaign. And he doubted that the Democrats who circulated his nominating papers were pushing his third-party candidacy in the hope that he would steal votes away from Republican Pat Meehan.
But even if that’s the case, Schneller doesn’t care."They don’t have to worry about me being some type of ticket splitter," Schneller said. "I intend to win."