A coup for Rep. Lentz

State rep Bryan Lentz pulled off something of a coup Thursday.

He picked up a major union endorsement for a job he hasn’t even announced he’s running for yet.

Lentz, D-161, is expected to seek the Democratic nod and face Republican Pat Meehan in a heavyweight battle for the 7th District Congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Joe Sestak, who has decided to duke it out with Sen. Arlen Specter.

That’s if he is not challenged in the primary by his pal from the state House, Rep. Greg Vitali, D-166. Vitali likewise has not yet announced his intentions.

Lentz has not officially announced his candidacy just yet. But that didn’t stop the Delaware County Central Labor Council, an affiliate of the Southeastern Area Labor Federation of Pennsylvania, from offering him their endorsement.

The groups who were present at the labor meeting this week represent 15 or 20 unions. These are groups that routinely used to back longtime 7th District Republican Curt Weldon.

It’s not terribly surprising that unions would back a Democrat, even here in GOP-laden Delaware County.

It is a tad novel for them to do so when their favored candidate has not yet thrown his hat in the ring.