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My name is Bryan Lentz, and I’m a former Airborne Ranger, criminal prosecutor and an Iraq War veteran running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s Seventh District.

This week, my opponent, corporate attorney Pat Meehan, decided to launch a smear campaign based on lies and innuendo. Sadly, this is exactly the type of campaign that we have come to expect from a career politician like Pat Meehan. After 30 years of backroom deals and partisan mudslinging, Meehan is simply incapable of being anything but a typical politician.  

So after sending out a blustering media advisory promising to “release new information calling into question Rep. Bryan Lentz’ fitness for higher office”, Meehan was “mostly panned in the press and the blogosphere this week” for “offering up little” but "histrionics" that “fell apart” when Meehan “stumbled” and “couldn’t provide any proof“. The Swing State Project called it a "a huge - and unforced - blunder". Philadelphia magazine called it a "clumsy, desperate, McCarthyesque attempt",giving Pat Meehan the "Camille Barnett Worst Person of the Week Award".

I took my lunch hour and followed his sputtering attempts to answer questions with a statement of my own while an “increasingly red-faced Meehan looked on” . The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the next day “Rep. Bryan Lentz upstaged [Meehan] at the microphone” , while PoliticsPA said “Count [Meehan]’s press conference as a swing-and-a-miss”.

The whole thing was caught on video, and here at the campaign office we decided to have a little fun with our own media advisory and accompanying highlights:

The Campaign of Former In-Court Prosecutor and Decorated Iraq War Veteran Bryan Lentz to Reveal What Everyone Already Knows about Bush-Era appointee Pat Meehan’s Lack of Real Experience and Questionable “Fitness for Higher Office”

Will present details to reporters through global release on

Media, PA – The campaign of former in-court prosecutor and decorated Iraq War Veteran Bryan Lentz announced that it is preparing to “reveal” publicly available information that calls into question the fitness (ethical and possibly also verbal) of corporate lawyer Pat Meehan to serve in higher office or perform even the most basic duties usually required for his previous patronage jobs. Lentz’s campaign “revealed” that it is in possession of shocking video evidence that demonstrates that the years Pat Meehan spent as U.S. Attorney avoiding entering the courtroom to actually prosecute a case had rendered him unable to make an argument or even understand the concept of legal evidence. The “recently uncovered” video features Meehan stumbling over his words while attempting to answer questions from a pool of reporters that he summoned to a state government building for a campaign event.

See the video here:

Who: Representative Bryan Lentz and Corporate Lawyer Pat Meehan in his own words

What: New video documentation of  Pat Meehan’s inability to convincingly make an argument, his confusion about the words “new” and “information” and his (questionable) “fitness for higher office”

When: Right Now

Where: Global Release on


A former Airborne Ranger, criminal prosecutor and Iraq war veteran, Bryan Lentz, currently serves in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from Delaware County.  He was awarded both the Bronze Star for Service and the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for his military service. He lives in Swarthmore with his wife Jennifer and their son Thomas.

Originally posted to bryanlentz on Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 08:32 AM PDT.

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