Two men, two mice, one dirty election

For those of you that care, last year's 7th Congressional District race between Pat Meehan and Bryan Lentz has triggered another round of criminal charges from the state Attorney General's Office.

Read today's story in the Daily News about Democrat Richard Cairns, who was charged yesterday with allegedly submitting fraudulent petitions to place third-party candidate Jim Schneller on the ballot to help Lentz.

Cairns DD

"I kind of like having a choice on the ballot," Cairns, 58, told the Daily News in August, attempting to explain why he had gathered signatures for an ultraconservative candidate.

But Commonwealth Court depositions from a lawsuit challenging Schneller's candidacy revealed a clumsy conspiracy among Delaware County Democrats - including one of Lentz's campaign workers - to siphon votes from Meehan by helping Schneller.

Schneller, a Radnor oddball who occasionally speaks in the third pe rson, initially dismissed that allegation, saying that the news reports were "as tiresome as watching two mice pushing a pancake around a plate." Schneller later admitted that Democrats had been using him to hurt Meehan.

Here's more on Upper Darby Republican operative Paul Summers, who pleaded guilty to similar activity in the same race to help Meehan.

Also, one reader got quite angry with me about today's story: "What a sad and sick person you are Bender."

Nailed it.