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Sestak: Only an ‘act of God’ will keep him out of Senate race

Sestak: Only an ‘act of God’ will keep him out of Senate race

PITTSBURGH—Short of divine intervention, Congressman Joe Sestak (D-7) is running for Senate.

“It would take an act of God for me to not get in now,” Sestak told a Democratic State Committeeman Saturday morning within earshot of reporters.

Hearing his quote read back to him, Sestak cringed.

“That sounds blasphemous,” he said, not denying that he said it—and has said it before.

But he reiterated to that the final decision rests with his family—not the Lord Almighty.

“I want us to be in this together,” he said.

June 6, 2009 at 11:43 am

--Dan Hirschhorn



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  1. David Diano

    Jun 6th, 2009

    Sestak’s invocation of God here is not a creepy as when he used to equate himself with the Almighty. True story:

    Back in early 2006, I was at Sestak’s HQ at the first party where he was introduced to the local Democrats. He told a story about walking the ship one night and talking to a young sailor who was nervous about an upcoming battle. Sestak then said:
    “In that moment, I realized I was more than his commander. I was his father. I was his confessor. I was his God.”

    Yep, his GOD. Direct quote. He actually used this for about the first two weeks before he dropped the “God” part.

  2. Lana Riley

    Jun 6th, 2009

    He is really wacky I believe. It’s not up yo his family whether he runs for the US Senate it is up to the political landscape. He had hoped to make a home run before State Committee but he didn’t as he is known only as a Johnny come lately. He loves wars, spending far too much on the Military complex, and not for HB 676 which is for Single payer health insurance where everyone would be covered and transportable. I know many Democrats are very happy to kick him up stairs and get a real Democrat in the 7th CD as Lentz appears to be. Lentz should have been the congressman from the beginning but was asked to step aside for this carpet bager. Looks like this primary may just be a loose, loose We have 2 DINO’s running against each other

  3. David Diano

    Jun 7th, 2009

    The whole idea about asking his family now is bull, since that would have been the FIRST thing he did.

    It’s obvious that he planned to run all along. Last cycle he BEGGED for money that he didn’t need for re-election (3 million unspent). In January 2009, his campaign spent over $3300 for “voter file service”. I can’t imagine what that was for, if not preparations for Senate run.

    What he’s waiting for, it not his family, but the Jun 30th FEC filing deadline. Sestak’s pushing his donor HARD for the max donation. If Sestak actually manages to out raise Specter, I think we’ll see an immediate “decision” from “his family”.

    The lose-lose (besides the Dino factor) is the incredible waste of well over $10 million dollars that they’ll spend that won’t be available for Lentz or against Toomey or for other Senate races in other states were we could pick up some seats.
    The unspent millions that Sestak collected from unwitting donors (thinking they were giving for the 7th district) not has to be raised all over again by Lentz.

    Some want to kick Sestak upstairs to get him out of our hair, but still hoping he’ll put money into his homebase district and show up as a headliner for fundraisers. I’d like to see him run and lose, ending his political career before he can get even higher.

    BTW, on the Sestak as God issue. I talked about Sestak to various military people during the past few campaigns. To my surprise, they were unsurprised by that level of blasphemy/ego from high ranking military. They treated it like par for the course and typical.

  4. VFWDelta

    Jun 8th, 2009

    David Diano and Lana Riley, are but a tag-team of mis-information through-out this web-site about our popular local Congressman Joe Sestak.

    Their comments are a smear campaign, because they do not relate to the original posting by Dan, but anytime anything is posted about Sestak on this web-site they attack.

    Their postings do not represent the majority view of the residents of our District, including Republicans or of the local Democratic Party Leadership here in Delaware County which makes up most of Sestak’s District. Cliff Wilson, the Delaware County Democratic Party Chairman, is already on record as supporting Sestak against Specter.

    David you are flat-out wrong about Sestak. You’ve never served – your comments are telling. You are nothing more than than a “couch-chair liberal” that knows nothing first-hand about the military. How dare you sir!

    I did serve in Vietnam and stayed in through the first Gulf War. As CO, I was in fire-fights. You have no concept what it is be a CO and have a fresh 19-year old just off the plane, in country, facing his first enemy engagement. He looks you in the eye and his voice is a bit hesitant, attempting to strike up a conversation with his CO on the eve of engagement with a never before faced enemy — just wanting re-assurance, 6000-9000 miles away from home, that everything will be alright next morning. These kids are scared shit, and look at their CO’s as having all the answers and being fountains of strengths — and yes they are conditioned to look at their CO’s as gods, having all the answers — that’s the way we train them to keep them alive — following the training, drilling and instructions the CO’s give and that boot camp installs them with. It’s why the U.S. military has been so successful over the last 100 years.

    So if you are knocking Sestak, then you are knocking our entire military system and every CO that has ever served and trained to be America’s best. You are knocking every successful military officer that has ever worn the uniform.

    DON’T EVER DISRESPECT what those in the military have done for you while you slept in your nice, warm bed at home. Don’t ever disrespect the sacrifices we made, so that you could have the freedoms you take for granted — like posting biased, ill-informed postings about that which you have no context for understanding due to your own lack of willingness to make a personal sacrifice and serve in our U.S. military.

    Attack Sestak by all means on his votes, but do not attack a man for his military service, when you have neither served nor understand the great responsibility that CO’s like Sestak, myself and thousands of others who have commanded are under. Yes, Sestak’s comments are typical, but they are not ego and no differnt than the comments that thousands of CO’s have made.

    And, if I sound ticked it’s because I, and many of my bretheran, are so tired of those who have never served a day in their life, criticizing us that have served.

    You are no different than those Republican shrills were in degenerating the service of Max Cleeland and John Kerry.

    To those who read this posting, I simply ask you to walk down any street in our District, or call anyone you know who lives in our District, and ask them what they think of Congressman Joe Sestak — you will find (even in Republican households) that Sestak is an outstanding Congressman.

    And I am sorry for this outburst, but I will not (nor will my fellow VFW veterans across here in PA) allow what happened to honorablle men like Cleeland and Kerry happen to our own Admiral Sestak here in PA – the birthplace of our nation.

    Never again will we let the sacrifice of any brave man or women who served in our U.S. military be tarnished for political gain.

  5. Brent

    Jun 8th, 2009


  6. J.R. Meyers

    Jun 8th, 2009

    I think any intelligent person can understand what he meant in some of his comments referring to God and family. We have definitely had enough of Specter and the irreversible damage he has done in the passed. Of course his immediate cohorts are going to clap and squeal at any thing he says, but lets not be fooled, Specters main concern is his position, everything else is second. My concern is his religion and his flip flopping to keep in a position of control. And so I’ll ask you, if it came down to your religion or your country, which one would be first? Would you put the country of your religion first or the country that you reside in? I’m not accusing any one of anything, but I find it amazing how some countries seem to know everything and some people get all the breaks. Thank You and good bye to Specter in 2010. Lets be sure the concentration of our politicians puts America first, second to NO ONE. And lets take our first presidents advice and stay clear of foreign conflict.

  7. David Diano

    Jun 8th, 2009

    Due to being out there blogging a few years ago, I’ve heard from people that actually served under him, and thought he was a TERRIBLE commander. I have the greatest respect for our military, and the greatest contempt for those who rise in the ranks, without respecting those who serve under them.
    I actually tried to enlist after college, but I had a physical/medical issue that was disqualifying. So, instead, I did my patriotic duty working for a Naval military contractor that provided software for combat systems. I got to work with plenty of dedicated military personnel and commanders and I had the utmost respect for them. Don’t question my commitment to the military or my right to question those that don’t live up to expectations that I’ve seen met.

    Merely wearing the uniform doesn’t not shield anyone from criticism and Sestak seems all too willing to use the “image” of his military service for political gain and many are willing to follow him blindly. Sestak is no Max Cleeland nor John Kerry.

    I believe that commanders who think they are “God” are especially dangerous. I’ve seen Sestak’s ego on display up close, so I disagree with you that it’s not ego on his part.

    The criticisms of Sestak’s “command style” while in the military are a match for the way he has treated campaign and congressional staff. Leopards don’t change the spots. He’s lost or turned off so many good and talented people in favor of fawning sycophants that the outcomes are diminished. Being nasty to your staff is not a virtue.

    Most of the people in the “district” haven’t worked closely with him or seen his outbursts and tirades. If they saw that side of him, they might not have so favorable opinion of him. Cool reasoning over hotheadedness is an important criteria, especially in the Senate.

    Do you think the people in the District believe Sestak was being “outstanding” when he voted contrary to his campaign and gave Bush a blank check (no timetables) on Iraq? Sestak has one of the lower “progressive” ratings among the House Democrats. He’s ranked 200 out of 255 by Progressive Punch (based upon his votes). Yet, he’s running around talking like he’s a progressive liberal. He’s not.

    J.R. Meyers-
    A clarification please (I’ve capitalized the questionable parts)
    “Specters main concern is his position, everything else is second. My concern is HIS RELIGION and his flip flopping to keep in a position of control. And so I’ll ask you, if it came down to your religion or your country, which one would be first? Would you put the COUNTRY OF YOUR RELIGION first or the country that you reside in? I’m not accusing any one of anything, but I find it amazing how SOME countries seem to know everything and SOME people get all the breaks.”
    Since Specter is Jewish, are you claiming that Specter is putting Israel before the United States? This sounds borderline anti-Semitic. Can you re-phrase it?

  8. Jack Nicholson

    Jun 9th, 2009

    Son, we live in a world that has walls and those walls need to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and curse the Marines; you have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives and that my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use then as the backbone of a life trying to defend something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said “thank you,” and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest that you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.

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