Under Pennsylvania law, a "statement of financial interests" must be filed with the nomination petition, both in the electionsa office and with the governing body. According to Monahan's complaint, Russin failed to file his statement of financial interests with the governing body, which in this case is Bethlehem Township.
Elections officials tell me that Russin was advised to do so at the time he filed his nomination petition.
This is the same mistake L. Jack Bradt made in 1997, when he attempted to run for Northampton County Council. He filed his statement of financial interests with the County Council Clerk, but was a day late and a dollar short. Judge Jack Panella called this lapse a "fatal defect", sustaining a challenge filed by none other than Ron Angle.
Monahan represents Suzanne Robertson, a Democrat who obviously supports Weiss.
Weiss is also facing a challenge by Republican Pat Breslin, who is also reported to be running at Atiyeh's urging.
Atiyeh's Chief Operating Officer, Mickey Thompson, is running against Mike Hudak in the other Commissioner's race up for grabs in Bethlehem Township this year.
Atiyeh is also backing Northampton County Executive candidate Lamont McClure, not because he's a good candidate, but to spite Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan, who is also running for Executive. Atiyeh has fared poorly in numerous zoning appeals in the Christmas City.