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4 Ex-U.S. Attys. Win Republican Primary Bids; Fifth Gets Trounced

Bush Holdover U.S. Atty. Mary Beth Buchanan

Bush Holdover U.S. Atty. Mary Beth Buchanan

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Four ex-U.S. Attorney’s won Republican primary bids Tuesday for public office. But perhaps in the most interesting race,  a  fifth ex-U.S. Attorney, Republican Mary Beth Buchanan —  a controversial figure during her reign as the top Pittsburgh prosecutor — got trounced in a contentious battle for the 4th Congressional District seat.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Buchanan was defeated by a relative unknown, attorney and ex-Bush official Keith Rothfus. The paper called it an upset that “was the culmination of a surprising campaign characterized by stinging attacks on both sides.”

Buchanan blamed her defeat on the anti-incumbent sentiment in the nation, even though she was not an elected official, the Post-Gazette reported. She was appointed by President Bush and stayed on for a while under the Obama administration. She got about a third of the votes.

Tom Corbett/ pa. state photo

Tom Corbett/ pa. state photo

Elsehwere around the country, according to the website Main Justice, which closely tracks U.S. Attorneys, former Arkansas U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin won the Republican primary for the 2nd Congressional District in Arkansas.

Three former Pennsylvania U.S. Attorneys won their contests in that state, according to Main Justice.  Pennsylania Attorney General Tom Corbett, a former U.S. Attorney,  won the Republican bid for Pennsylvania governor; Pat Meehan was unopposed in the Republican primary for a Congressional seat held by Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak, who defeated Sen. Arlen Specter in the primary; and  Tom Marino won his bid in the Republican primary for a Congressional seat.

Ex-U.S. Atty. Pat Meehan Speaks Out Against ex-State Sen. Fumo’s Sentence: “A Shame Judge Didn’t Share Jurors’ Disgust”

Pat Meehan is thinking of running for governor. And this is as good as any issue to show how tough he is on crime.  He leaves no doubt that he is sincerely disgusted with what he sees as a lenient sentence.

EX-U.S. Atty. Pat Meehan/facebook photo

EX-U.S. Atty. Pat Meehan/facebook photo

The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed papers on Friday indicating that it planned to appeal the sentence. For more see posting below.

By Pat Meehan
Ex-U.S. Attorney For Eastern District of Pa.
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Pennsylvanians listened for cannon fire. The intended target was the state legislature in Harrisburg, where all 253 members of the General Assembly waited with hands cupped over their ears. They heard nothing.

That’s because when U.S. District Judge Ronald Buckwalter sentenced former State Sen. Vince Fumo to only 55 months’ imprisonment, the discharge was too weak to travel much farther than the courthouse steps.

Fumo, once Pennsylvania’s most powerful Democrat, had been convicted of all 137 criminal counts he faced. He had defrauded the state Senate and two nonprofit organizations, and he treated the commonwealth like his fiefdom. And for this, he received four years and seven months.

After the verdict in March, jurors expressed outrage at Fumo’s disregard for spending, as he called it, “OPM,” or “Other People’s Money.” They couldn’t believe that a public servant would think nothing of using state funds to pay staffers to work on his farm or to hire a private investigator to track his ex-girlfriend. It’s a shame the judge didn’t share the jurors’ disgust.

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