Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa., has suffered multiple ethics problems in recent years, with federal contracts and money (now including stimulus money) following his family members everywhere they go. But Kanjorski, serving his lucky 13th term in the House, came away with victories in the Democratic-leaning election years of 2006 and 2008.
Now he’s in big trouble.
The National Association of Realtors is going to bat for “Kanjo” with a $216,000 television ad buy. They’ve also commissioned a $27,000 poll of the district, which suggests they may continue to play here if they can move the needle. Kanjorski faces Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, R, who is best known for the ordinances his town passed (and which the courts have struck down) to outlaw hiring and renting to illegal immigrants.
Kanjorski, chairman of the House Financial Services subcommittee that oversees Fannie and Freddie, was NAR’s point man on bipartisan housing legislation earlier this year.