Sestak camp: We’re staying in the Senate race
Congressman Joe Sestak’s (D-7) Senate campaign on Wednesday pushed back against a growing flurry of speculation that Sestak will abandon his Senate bid and seek reelection instead, saying that he is only seeking to get on the ballot for Senate.
“Congressman Joe Sestak is running for the United States Senate, and will be filing petitions as a candidate only for that office,” spokesman Jonathon Dworkin said.
The statement came in response to inquiries from reporters. But it underscored that what started as speculation based on Sestak’s relatively weak showing in public polls has undoubtedly reached a fever pitch. Rumors of aides preparing petitions to get Sestak on the ballot for Congress have percolated amongst political insiders, and the situation has created uncertainty for candidates trying to raise money up and down the ballot.
Dworkin’s statement was more explicit than some campaign insiders and even the candidate himself have been in private discussions with some Democrats, according to people familiar with those talks. Candidates are due to begin circulating nominating petitions next week, and whether the statement will put an end to the speculation until then remains to be seen.
February 10, 2010 at 9:00 pm