Sources tell me that Jamie Herrera's people have managed to make the deal Zarelli was after, and he is now actually endorsing the 18th District's own version of the empty suit.
Why anyone would want the anchor of such an endorsement around their campaign neck is certainly a mystery, but then, Herrera has never shown herself to be the brightest bulb on the tree.
The question is this: does such an endorsement help Herrera... or hurt her?
I believe it will hurt her, but then, she has no chance anyway, so a better question will be "How Much?"
Zarelli's days of, well, accepting thousands of dollars he shouldn't have taken will never leave him. It's unlikely that he could win anywhere else except the 18th, Where the GOP could run a barn-headed ape and it would win if it had an "R" after it's name.
So, District and Party wide, what does that type of integrity-challenged endorsement do for Herrera?
Well, it's been shown that she's no slouch at wasting taxpayer dollars. Her ability to exaggerate is beyond that of most politicians, and her record of being a mile wide and an inch deep isn't changed by any of this.
Combine these together and you come up with a net-minus.
So, congrats. Whatever the pay off was, I sincerely hope it was worth it.