Analyst: Primary no ‘cakewalk’ for Specter
If Congressman Joe Sestak (D-7) does indeed run for Senate, Pennsylvania Democrats should get ready for a contentious and exciting primary—and one that could get vicious.
That’s the message of Franklin & Marshall College political analyst G. Terry Madonna.
“I think we could have a real donnybrook of a contest, and I think it could get pretty tense and pretty difficult,” Madonna told pa2010.com after the news broke that Sestak plans to run against Senator Arlen Specter. “I would be shocked if it doesn’t take a nasty turn.
“I think we’re going to have a good contest,” he added. “I don’t think it’s going to be a cakewalk for Specter.”
Madonna said that Sestak would need about $10 million for a successful primary challenge to Specter, who is likely to have loads more campaign cash. And he said going up against the vaunted fundraising machines of both Specter and Gov. Ed Rendell, who is backing him, would prove a daunting—but not impossible—task.
“Sestak is still gonna have to take on a powerhouse lineup,” Madonna said. “Specter is going to have a fortune.”
May 27, 2009 at 6:10 pm