This is the third election I’ve covered in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District. Two of them featured active criminal investigations leading up to Election Day.
In 2006, the FBI was looking at then-Congressman Curt Weldon (and apparently listening in to some of my phone calls with wiretaps). This year, the race for outgoing Congressman Joe Sestak’s seat is not only on the radar of the DCCC and NRCC (and C-SPAN), but the state Attorney General’s office, too.
AG agents have been investigating forgeries on Republican Pat Meehan’s nominating petitions since April. Now, they’re also sifting through signatures submitted by Jim Schneller, the ultra-conservative independent candidate that Democrat Bryan Lentz’s supporters helped place on the congressional ballot.
Meanwhile, Schneller, who is likely to siphon votes from Meehan in what could be a close race, is suing state Attorney General Tom Corbett. He wants Corbett to wrap up the Meehan investigation. Schneller, who has questioned President Obama’s citizenship, has a history of filing bizarre lawsuits, including one accusing hospital staff of “murder in the first degree” for the death of his mother.