Republican State Senator Dave Argall's congressional bid against incumbent Democrat Tim Holden may have some explosive problems hidden away.
First, the bonusgate trial of Mike Veon showed that gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett is doggedly determined to arrest and prosecute legislators who use their legislative contingency accounts to purchase meals without making a corresponding decrease in the daily legislative per diem they collect.
Will Corbett arrest Argall for "double-dipping" over $10,000 using his Republican Whip contingency account between 2005 and 2008? CasablancaPA was provided the comparison of Argall's contingency account expenditures for meals and the days he collected a per diem. Check it out for yourself here.
Second, a grand jury has uncovered rampant political activity in Senator Jane Orie's taxpayer funded offices on behalf of Orie's sister's Supreme Court campaign last year ("Grand jury accuses state Sen. Jane Orie" Post Gazette 4/6/10) that appeared to be directed by her sister's campaign manager, Mike Long. ("Sister's use of Orie office for election denied" Tribune Review 12/30/09)
Mike Long is also running Argall's congressional campaign and we wonder if he has been advising Argall to use his taxpayer funded offices, too? ("Argall declares for Congress" Capitol Ideas 1/11/10)