Wednesday, April 1, 2015

GOP Leader Reacts to Stensland Reports

Daily News reporter Bill Bender caught up with Upper Darby GOP leader John McNichol this morning to ask about reports that former Fox 29 news anchor Dawn Stensland is considering a Republican run for congress in Pennsylvania's 7th District.

GOP Leader Reacts to Stensland Reports

Daily News reporter Bill Bender caught up with Upper Darby GOP leader John McNichol this morning to ask about  reports that former Fox 29 news anchor Dawn Stensland is considering a Republican run for congress in Pennsylvania's 7th District.

McNichol was lukewarm about the news -- reported this morning on the website www.PA2010.com -- noting that Stensland lives in Philadelphia, which could open her up to attacks of being a "carpetbagger." He stressed that the party is behind former U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan, who has already declared for the seat, currently held by U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak.

"As far as I know, 98 percent of our people are solidly behind Pat," McNichol said. He added that he wasn't sure how strong Stensland's name recognition was, saying that most voters probably know her as "Larry Mendte's wife. I don't know how much that helps her."

Mendte, a former anchor for CBS 3, pleaded guilty to cyber-spying on co-anchor Alycia Lane last year. He was sentenced to six months house arrest and three years probation. Stensland stood by her husband in court.

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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