We have written previously about the increasingly extreme tactics of Republicans desperate to hold on to Congress.
Another such incident is an astonishing outburst from Curt Weldon, the incumbent in the Pennsylvania 7th district, but under strong challenge from Democrat Joe Sestak, who combined a highly decorated naval career with getting a PhD from Harvard in his spare time.
Weldon has attacked Sestak for having his five year old daughter treated – for a malignant brain tumour – in a Washington hospital rather than back in Pennsylvania.
Weldon is obviously a man who knows a thing or two about family – all three of his children have ended up earning money out of his campaign contributors or major corporate contacts – including his daughter’s lobbying on behalf of associates of Slobodan Milosevic.
Weldon also enjoys spending money – “campaign” expenditure has so far included landscaping for his garden and $80,000 on restaurant meals, including several not only outside the district but not even in America. His attorney told the press that “you may think it’s a big loophole, but he’s allowed to spend money that way.”
Weldon is also obsessed with spies. He wrote a book accusing the CIA, DIA and NSA of ignoring “intelligence” that he has acquired from a secret source which could stop a future terrorist attack on America.
More recently exposed was Weldon’s secret plan to travel to Iraq and personally discover Saddam’s hidden WMDs. Tipped off by an ex-military investigator who wanted to pressure the Pentagon to check the sites, Weldon decided instead to go to Iraq on the pretext of visiting troops, then locate the WMDs himself and take the glory. If there was nothing there, he would pretend it hadn’t happened.
Weldon is angling to be the next Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee if he is re-elected, but Rothenburg this week put PA-7 in the ten closest races. The Daily tips this as one to watch.