Yesterday, Congressional candidate and State Representative Bryan Lentz called for House Majority Leader Todd Eachus to be removed from his leadership position. Lentz says he wants a new caucus election because of the ongoing corruption investigation by Attorney General Tom Corbett.
"My experiences as an officer in the 82nd Airborne Division tell me that there are times when an entire chain of command must be relieved in order to restore confidence in an organization," Lentz said. "That time has come for the House Democratic caucus. A cloud of corruption has hung over our Commonwealth for too long and we must take clear affirmative steps to regain the confidence of the citizens of Pennsylvania."
Lentz's push to remove Eachus is a signal that corruption could be a major issue in the 2010 election.
Lentz, the Democratic front-runner in the 7th Congressional District, appears to be the first member of the caucus to call for Eachus' ouster. As a state grand jury investigating corruption in the Capital continues to charge and implicate Democratic leaders, it remains to be seen if Eachus will succumb to the fate of former House Majority Leader Bill DeWeese.
If more rank-and-file lawmakers start calling for Eachus to step down, we could see another leadership election in the near future. We'll keep you up to date. In the meantime, check out our special Harrisburg Reform page.