But that's just the frame. The real story here is what coverage of the race for County Executive will look like should Chuck McCullough win. From our friends at The Trib:
Lance: To delay, delay, delay. "Scheduling conflicts" are said to have pushed the theft and fraud trial of Chuck McCullough to Sept. 1. The former Allegheny County solicitor, county councilman and, now, Republican candidate for chief executive is accused of ripping off an elderly woman's trust money. The upshot is this downside -- if Mr. McCullough wins next week's primary, the GOP nominee then will face trial on serious charges. And that's embarrassing.In eight sentences (this is including the sentence fragments that begin each paragraph) there were five references to McCullough's "legal problems."
Lance: To the PA Republican Leadership Council. Never mind that Chuck McCullough faces the aforementioned felony charges, it has endorsed him for the Republican ACE nomination. It cites "the beliefs and principles" of the group, one of which is fealty to the concept of constitutions. But Mr. McCullough, in addition to his legal problems, has been leading the charge to subvert the Pennsylvania Constitution by engaging in machinations to thwart the repeatedly court-ordered property reassessment. The RLC is misguided. [emphases added.]
Should Chuck win the GOP nomination this Tuesday, this is what the coverage will look like. And though I am not a member of the GOP, I do have to agree with the braintrust here.
This is embarrassing.