The recent reporting about Ed Shoemaker's IRS tax problems and the demand from the IRS that Cambria and Somerset garnish the attorney's wages prompted an interesting email to us.
We have been told that Lewiston Town Supervisor Fred Newlin may also have some outstanding judgments against him. Seems that Newlin has defaulted on federal student loans and this issue has been outstanding for some time.
The little fact explains one of the great political mysteries talked about in many circles. Why would Newlin demand a 37 percent pay hike for himself in an election year when the national economy is crumbling and people are fed up? Some viewed it as political suicide and couldn't figure out Newlin's thinking.
Well now, perhaps we know. Maybe Fred is willing to take a political risk for more money because the federal government is bearing down on him because he stiffed them (and taxpayers) on student loans. After all, being a deadbeat is probably not the best qualification for office.
This will be an interesting story that we'll be following from now right through election day.