Thursday, June 30, 2011

Petition saga in the 7th district strikes again

The Pa. Attorney General's Office announced Thursday that it charged Richard Cairns, 58, of Swarthmore, with falsifying information on nominating petitions that he allegedly circulated for Jim Schneller, the third-party conservative candidate in the 7th Congressional District race last fall.

Schneller ran against Republican Pat Meehan (now Congressman) and Democrat Bryan Lentz.

Schneller provided the following response Thursday when I asked for his reaction to the charges against Cairns:

“I feel very bad for this gentleman because whether or not he got (the signatures) wrongfully, he’s a scapegoat. It sends a message to Jim Schneller: Don’t run against big parties and don’t challenge big parties.”

Asked if he knew whether Cairns was connected to Lentz, Schneller said, “to this day, I don’t know. There are claims he is linked to the Democratic party.”

In an August 2010 news release, the Meehan campaign labeled Cairns as one of a handful of Lentz petition circulators who also reportedly collected signatures for Schneller.

In October 2010, Lentz finally admitted that his supporters helped Schneller get on the ballot.

The charges brought against Cairns are the latest in the nominating petition saga in the November 2010 7th Congressional District race.

In April, Paul Summers, 60, of Upper Darby, admitted guilt that he was involved in fraudulent signatures appearing on the nominating petitions last year for Meehan, who was then a candidate and asked for the probe. Summers, a longtime GOP loyalist, entered pleas to seven counts of forgery and seven counts of false signatures.

What do you think about these charges?


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