The special election for Meehan's seat - he retired on July 1 to become chancellor of the University of Massachusetts - is tomorrow, and the race between Democrat Niki Tsongas and Republican Jim Ogonowski to replace him is surprisingly close, according to operatives in both parties.
So a $100K check from Meehan might have been used by the DCCC to help push Tsongas over the finish line, since there's no way Meehan wants to see that seat going Republican after he held it for 14 years.
Comments from the DCCC and Meehan will come asap.
And for all the Meehan fans out there, and you know that you are legion, don't feel bad for him. He still has nearly $4.8 million in his campaign coffers, money that can be used for a Senate run if Sens. Ted Kennedy (D) or John Kerry (D) ever leave office. Meehan knows to just not count on that happening soon.