An alert reader brings this to my attention. Wednesday’s Politico appears to be the only place this new development has appeared, part of a story that goes back at least to 2002.
The U.S. Navy wants a business owned by the family of Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski to hand over a piece of high-tech equipment bought with some of the $9.25 million in taxpayer funds Kanjorski steered to the company.
Except no one seems to know where to find the equipment — a high-pressure pump.
The mystery of the missing pump, combined with newly unearthed evidence that federal investigators probed Kanjorski’s connections to the company, Cornerstone Technologies, has given new life to a story that seems unlikely to go away.
The ones doing the best to make the case against earmarks are the congressmen who love them so much.
Kanjorski may have to face Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta (R) — that’s right, the immigration guy — in next fall’s election.