Former U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan is dropping his exploratory bid for the Republican nomination for governor and "seriously considering" running for the 7th District congressional seat now held by Rep. Joe Sestak (D.,Pa.) who is running for Senate.
Meehan's spokesman, Virginia Davis, said in a statement moments ago: "Pat received a warm welcome from people of all walks of life as he explored his run for governor. And during the past year he has become uniquely attuned to the concerns of Pennsylvania citizens in these tough economic times. Pat is more commited than ever to helping Pennsylvania return to a path of prosperity, and he is now seriously considering a run for congress in the Seventh Congressional District to fulfill that commitment."
Through Davis, he went on to endorse Attorney General Tom Corbett for governor in 2010.
Translation: Meehan's campaign never really took off. Corbett was too far ahead in money and endorsements. It did not help that GOP National Committeman Bob Asher, the power in Meehan's SE Pennsylvania base, was behind Corbett.