What Fresh Hell Is This?

May 24, 2006

BREAKING! US Capitol Police in Penn Hills today at Santorum property

KDKA News is reporting today that the U.S. Capitol Police will be in Penn Hills today to investigate Santorum Campaign claims of trespassing on Tricky Ricky's Penn Hills property:
Police from Washington D.C. are coming to Penn Hills today to investigate claims that someone trespassed on property owned by U.S. Senator Rick Santorum.

The senator’s wife filed a complaint with police that she believed someone had been prowling around the residence.
There was a video of the story available earlier today at KDKA's website (http://kdka.com/video/?id=16554@kdka.dayport.com ) but it's gone now and if you click on that link, you get the Giant Eagle Advantage Card story instead. The video on the website did end abruptly so perhaps it's being fixed and will reappear later.

U.S. Capitol Police

As reported in today's Post-Gazette, the U.S. Capitol police have already led to stepped-up local patrols around Santorum's property:
Ronald Machesky, Penn Hills' public safety director, said that U.S. Capitol Police had contacted him last week, relaying concerns from Mrs. Santorum about the possibility of intruders on the Penn Hills property. He said that Penn Hills police have, in response, been checking the area since May 16.
Apparently, in this case Penn Hills would fall within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Capitol Police:
Additionally, we are responsible for protecting Members of Congress, Officers of the United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, and their families. We serve these individuals throughout the entire United States, its territories and possessions, and throughout the District of Columbia.

...That is of course if anyone beside the Santorums and their campaign staff believe that there is any actual trespassing occurring on Santorum's property, and if anyone still actually believes that the Senator and his family actually resides there.

2 Political Junkies has already noted here that Jon Delano has been seen [gasp] knocking on the door at the Santorum Penn Hills property. We certainly hope the Capitol Cops don't pick him up for trespassing.

The U.S. Capitol Police have recently been in the news with the Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) car wreck case and the Rep. Cynthia A. McKinney (D-GA) shoving incident so one could be tempted to think they had enough to do in Washington D.C. (not to mention any responsibilities for helping to keep our nation's capitol safe from terror).


UPDATE: Video is apparently back up at the link noted above (http://kdka.com/video/?id=16554@kdka.dayport.com ), however, we note that the KDKA story's headline is "Capitol Police Coming To Santorum's Home" so now we are confused. if Capitol Cops are visiting Santorum's home, doesn't that mean that they are in Virginia and not Penn Hills?


Auntie Roo said...

So now the Capitol Police are getting involved in this whole bit of hyperbole about a possible trespassing?!!!

If an ordinary person called the cops in the same circumstances (from out of state, with no witnesses) they'd be written off as cranks, especially if the cops checked it out & didn't find any signs of intrusion.

I guess it wasn't good enough for Little Ricky to have the locals keeping an eye on this non-issue but he had to call in the Feds too.

Piltdown Man said...

The Santorum campaign is trying to spin this issue to their advantage. (read my thoughts here: http://piltdownman.blogspot.com) but, despite their efforts, I have to think that repeated shots of this tiny house, juxtaposed against the massive Santorum family, will do nothing to help the boy Senator.

I wouldn't mind seeing this story go away, so we can concentrate on the recent report (this week) that showed Rick as taking more lobbyist money than ANY OTHER SITTING SENATOR!

Forget about Steven's Lane; Remember K Street!