Former Fox29 news anchor Dawn Stensland is thinking about running as a Republican for the Seventh District U.S. House seat in suburban Philadelphia, a move that would upset party leaders' efforts to clear the primary field for Pat Meehan.

She's well-known from her TV career and as the wife of Larry Mendte, a former anchor for CBS3, who was fired and pleaded guilty to federal wiretapping charges after hacking into the e-mails of his coanchor, Alycia Lane.

Meehan was the U.S. attorney when the Mendte probe began but had left by the time the case was prosecuted.

Stensland, 45, declined to comment a possible candidacy, first reported by the political Web site PA2010.com.

"The only thing I can tell you is I was married in Delaware County, half my family is in Delaware County, I love Delaware County," Stensland told the Web site.

Sources close to Stensland confirmed that she was interested but said the idea had not progressed beyond the talking stage.

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