Voter support for prosecutor-turned-legislator Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) is shrinking and may be attributed to his record on Medicare and women’s health, a poling memo from his opponent indicates.
Meehan, a congressional freshman and former U.S. Attorney, is running against Democrat George Badey, who released a poll this week reporting “an overall lack of enthusiasm” for Meehan. Voters favored Badey 41-38 percent after hearing Meehan’s record on women’s health and Medicare, according to the poll. The survey was conducted in the newly formed 7th congressional district between May 30 and June 4. Badey’s campaign staff surveyed roughly 400 “general election voters” and characterized Meehan’s support among voters as “disintegrating.”
But a representative for the Meehan reelection campaign dismissed Badey’s poll as “partisan,” reports Politics PA.
“Instead of wasting time playing politics with cooked push polls, Congressman Meehan is focusing on creating jobs and strengthening the economy for 7th district families,” campaign spokeswoman Virginia Davis told Politics PA.
Badey is an attorney at Bradey, Sloan, & DiGenova P.C. where he focuses on personal injury litigation. He served as lead counsel in a number of cases before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. He also participating in the litigation involving the 2000 Presidential election. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law.
Initially Meehan lead voter polls by a 20 percent margin. But Badey’s poling memo says the lead is “mostly based on name identification” and asserts after voters hear about his record on Medicare and women’s health, his 20 point advantage “disappears completely.”
“Pat Meehan is on thin ice,” Badey told Politics PA. ”The 7th Congressional District wants a new Congressman … who will fight for their interests: Medicare, education, and good paying jobs.”
Meehan, who was elected to Congress in 2010, served as a U.S. Attorney in Pennsylvania’s Eastern District during the George W. Bush administration. Recently, a conservative anti-tax group ranked Meehan at the bottom of their “Tea Party Credentials” list. The lawmaker was criticized for voting to increase the debt ceiling and for voting against legislation to slash funding for several governmental programs.
Meehan is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and Chairman of the Homeland Security subcommittee on counterterrorism and intelligence. He is also on the Oversight and Government Reform and Transportation and Infrastructure committees.
Meehan was sworn in as a U.S. Attorney shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He created an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council for his region, which became a model for law enforcement across the country.