Here's the press release:
Pat Meehan Launches Run for Congress in
Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District
DREXEL HILL, PA – Pat Meehan, the former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and former District Attorney of Delaware County, formally announced his candidacy for Congress today in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District at a series of campaign stops in Delaware, Montgomery, and Chester Counties.
“Traveling across the region and state these past months, I have had the opportunity to meet and speak with many local residents,” said Meehan. “They have told me they feel their voice is not being heard in Washington, that their representatives have sold them out to special interests, that government is being imposed on them, rather than working for them. It is time our elected officials be made to answer for the decisions they make about our money and about our children’s future.”
“Many of the challenges confronting us here at home transcend state lines—whether it’s strengthening the economy, keeping down health care costs, or helping small businesses—and the solutions will be determined in Congress,” said Meehan. “I am formally announcing my candidacy for U.S. Congress because I want to restore integrity to our nation’s capital and ensure that the voice of local voters is heard on critical issues like taxes, jobs, health care, and restoring fiscal responsibility to the federal government.”
Meehan started the day by announcing his candidacy this morning before family, neighbors, and friends gathered outside his Drexel Hill home in Delaware County. He made additional announcements outside a manufacturing facility in Bridgeport, Pa and a retirement community in West Chester, Pa.
Meehan said that one of the topics that most came up in his discussions with voters was frustration and anger over rampant spending in Washington, DC.
“People have watched the federal government spend billions of dollars to rescue a few huge banks while hundreds of community banks failed,” said Meehan. “They have watched billions being spent to keep bankrupt General Motors and Chrysler in business, while local small businesses struggle to meet a weekly payroll. They see an $800 billion stimulus bill rushed through Congress, yet a half year later, only one in ten dollars is spent and a record 6.5 million Americans are out of work.”
“Voters are concerned as our national debt is expected to double in the next three years and triple within a decade to an astonishing $10 trillion,” said Meehan. “That translates into thirty-three thousand dollars of personal debt for every man, woman and child in America. This type of unchecked spending leads to inflation, higher job-killing taxes, and a burden of enormous debt that our children and their children will carry like a millstone for generations.”
“I believe public service is a calling and when I answered that call as U.S. Attorney and District Attorney, I brought with me a set of guiding principles: faith, integrity, hard work, and accountability,” said Meehan. “Those are the same principles that I saw lived out by my mother and father and the families in my community. Those are the principles that voters want in their elected officials and those are the principles I will bring with me to Washington, DC.”
Pat Meehan also launched today an official campaign website at www.meehanforcongress.com that contains his positions on the issues, information on volunteering for his campaign, and online contribution information.
About Pat Meehan
Pat Meehan has made a name for himself by rooting out government corruption, prosecuting tough criminal cases, and implementing innovative new programs to make communities safer. In addition to taking a nationally-recognized stand against “pay to play” politics in the City of Philadelphia, Pat created initiatives to combat gang violence, crack down on nursing homes for failing to provide proper care to our seniors, reduce domestic violence, and hold drug companies accountable to consumers for fraud.
As U.S. Attorney, Meehan established an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council, held manufacturers responsible for illegally discharging hazardous materials into the region’s waters, established a group to crackdown on predatory lending, and prosecuted cyber criminals who ran illegal, worldwide Internet pharmacy operations.
Pat, his wife Carolyn and their three sons Patrick, Jack and Colin, reside in Drexel Hill, Delaware County.