Two Democratic congressmen from the northeast -- Paul Kanjorski and Chris Carney -- have had a major falling out over Jack Murtha's former approprations seat, which may be awarded to Patrick Murphy over Carney. (See your Pa congressional map of the pair's 11th and 10th districts here.)
They will not say so publicly, but U.S. Reps. Chris Carney and Paul E. Kanjorski are not on speaking terms.
Carney, D-10, Dimock Township, wanted to be the next Pennsylvania member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee that controls federal spending.
As senior member of the state's Democratic congressional delegation, Kanjorski could have helped him get that appointment to a vacant committee seat.
Instead, the delegation last week voted to recommend a suburban Philadelphia congressman to congressional leaders who will fill the vacancy.
The two congressmen refuse to say much about their spat, but their silence and veiled swipes at each other are raising eyebrows over Kanjorski's role in the recommendation and whether northeastern Pennsylvania lost a chance at a larger share of federal funding.
Kanjorski, D-11, Nanticoke, refuses to disclose his vote, saying it is "confidential."
"And unfortunately, the people that are talking about it obviously have interests," he said Tuesday. "And I think they've made major political errors in breaching confidential relationships."