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Sestak camp: We’re staying in the Senate race

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

--pa2010.com Staff

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  1. HateSestak

    Feb 11th, 2010

    Ohhh…methinks the “speculation” is only beginning. Plenty more…”speculation” lies ahead. That and a long, agonizing PERP WALK.

  2. David Diano

    Feb 11th, 2010

    Sestak was supposed to open a Pittsburgh office this past Tuesday, but had to postpone it due to the snow. He rescheduled it for next Tuesday (the first day of petitions). Based upon the Google street view, it’s a pretty tiny office to deal with a big city like Pittsburgh.

    He’s pretty much blown his window for the Congressional race, which I’m sure is a relief to Lentz and Conner (and Meehan). Since Sestak got criticized (a lot) for his Iraq War vote, it’s been pretty obvious that he doesn’t like being a Congressman and having his decisions questioned (even then they directly contradict his campaign promises). It’s also pretty obvious that this job was a planned stepping stone to a job he wanted more.
    The question now is, since Sestak has to know this race is a loser for him, what is his objective for staying in the race?
    One possible explanation would be to hold the Democratic party “hostage” with an expensive primary unless he gets a deal for something else he wants, now that’s he’s blown his own political career. Another possibility is that he’s hoping Specter takes ill and he can jump into to “save the day”.
    Sestak’s got no traction, even in Philly, where the ward leaders endorsed Specter. The labor unions are behind Specter.

    Sestak likes to claim he’s an expert on strategy. There’s certainly scant evidence of that based on his campaigning, but you’d think he’d have enough understanding to realize he’s out manned, out gunned and out classed.

  3. WESTPADEM6

    Feb 11th, 2010

    Ive heard that he will be dropping out of the race

  4. a nonymous

    Feb 11th, 2010

    Please please please just run for your old seat.

  5. Chet

    Feb 11th, 2010

    IF Sestak runs for Congress again and IF Specter has to drop off the primary or general ballot because of health problems, doesn’t Sestak have a good chance to get back in — after looking less obtuse by stepping aside now?

  6. Matt from UD

    Feb 11th, 2010

    I hope Joe Sestak stays in, despite all your whining. I don’t care what the polling numbers say, and I doubt he does either: how are Democrats and Progressives going to be excited about Arlen Specter? They aren’t. You can hate on Joe all you want, but no one is that excited about Arlen, either way. So what if the party establishment didn’t endorse Sestak? You live in Delco Dave, how effective is our party establishment? On eday, what percentage of our committee people volunteer, or hell, even vote. These people don’t make the decisions for the party, the voters do; and it is up to the volunteers to bring it to their attention. And Joe has a lot of great motivated volunteers. Candidates who can excite people to work for them generally strike me as more successful than back room posturers at exciting voters. And before you ask, no, I am not one of Joe’s Staff or volunteers; and yes I am a committee Member. I would volunteer for Joe, but I think I can do more good working on local races(which I actually do). That being said, Dems aren’t going to win over hearts and minds by hedging their bets and taking the safe way out; and they are not going to do it by making back room deals. Specter’s endorsement might be a setback, but it is not a surprise, what would have been better if they called for an open primary; since in instances like this are precisely when you should have them (ie a strong upstart candidate).

  7. David Diano

    Feb 11th, 2010

    a nonymous-
    Sestak has painted himself into a corner with his statements:
    1) it’s a matter of principle
    2) he’s willing to lose his job over it
    3) it’s cowardly to switch away from a race he thought he couldn’t win
    4) he rejects the establishment and party insiders

    He’s going to look like an @sshole if he drops out now after doubling-down on his reasons to stay.

    Chet-
    There is no indication that Specter has any pending health problem that would cause him to drop out of anything. The Sestak campaign supporters appear to be in a whisper campaign that there is a problem.

  8. David Diano

    Feb 11th, 2010

    Matt-
    Specter has a 60-70% approval rating among Democrats. Dems were NOT excited about Bob “pro-life” Casey, but we came out to vote for him to removed Santorum. Toomey is worse than Santorum, so it’s reasonable to assume that if voters are made aware of that, Specter should win.

    Matt, did you know that this past November some Sestak supporters were wasting resources handing out his literature at the polls, instead of helping the local municipal candidates? Sestak’s campaign got jump started by the local party. Committee people helped him fundraise, worked the polls, volunteered their time, set up house parties and meet-and-greets. He also got copies of volunteer lists.

    In return the campaign refused to help the party with significant fundraising (as he promised when a candidate), refused to share volunteer lists with township leaders for odd year elections, bad mouthed the very people that helped his campaign, and created their own parallel organization that took away resources from everyone else.

    Did Joe sent out mass mails/emails to his volunteers asking them to bust-their-asses for candidates in 2007 and 2009? (hint, the answer begins with the letter “N”)

    What coattails has Sestak had? Other than Lentz, we’ve gained NO St. Leg seats under Sestak’s reign. Part of the reason for this is Sestak abandoning candidates in Republican sections and essentially disassociating himself from the local Dems to garner GOP votes for himself with split ticket votes.

  9. anon

    Feb 11th, 2010

    David-
    With all due respect – Lentz earned his own seat.

  10. David Diano

    Feb 11th, 2010

    anon-
    I completely agree about Lentz. Sorry if I wasn’t clear. I don’t consider Lentz to be a “coattail” of Sestak. Lentz not only earned it on his own, but did it without the support from Sestak that he was supposed to get when he stepped aside.

  11. anon

    Feb 11th, 2010

    And I should have said – earned his own election to ‘the people’s seat’…. Lentz is the first to aknowledge that one.

  12. Lee Levan

    Feb 11th, 2010

    Before Sestak declared his candidacy for the Senate seat, his opponents tried to discourage him and his supporters by saying that he didn’t have a chance, etc. Now they are saying he might/should drop out and maybe run for re-election as a congressman.

    I’ve heard all the excuses about a contested primary costing too much Democratic money, etc. I’ve heard all the emotional, irrational hate about Sestak. What I haven’t heard is anything positive about what Specter will do as a senator.

    Sestak will be a better and more reliably Democratic senator then will Specter. That’s what matters.

    Run, Joe, run.

  13. HateSestak

    Feb 11th, 2010

    As Mr. Diano astutely observed, Sestak recognizes that his prospects are bleak. He is remaining in the race primarily to exert pressure on Senator Specter and the Democratic Party establishment. Sestak hopes a deal can be struck: he will withdraw from the race, and end his strident criticism of the Senator, if prominent Democrats intercede in his continuing legal struggle with federal authorities. Meanwhile, the money Sestak generates from his campaign can subsequently be deposited in a Legal Defense Fund. Sestak’s overriding concern at present is keeping federal authorities at bay, not winning the forthcoming primary. He is a desperate, desperate man, employing a desperate, desperate strategy.

    By the way, Mr. Levan – have you asked your beloved Representative Sestak if he is currently under investigation by federal authorities? If not, I encourage you to do so. You will likely not be pleased with the response you recieve.

  14. David Diano

    Feb 11th, 2010

    Lee-
    1) He still doesn’t have a chance of defeating Specter.
    2) I’m saying he should drop out and NOT run for congress (and give back the money, or spend it on negative advertising against Toomey).
    3) Much of the hatred against Sestak is quite rational and based upon his own behavior toward people he step on during his ascent.
    4) Specter positive #1: he has better shot at beating Toomey
    positive #2: he has clout and has (and will continue to) deliver for Pennsylvania
    positive #3: he’s got a progressive record on pro-choice, health research, etc.
    5) I disagree that Sestak will be a “more reliably” anything other than self-serving %$%&*#. Sestak is like a sailor of old: he goes the way the wind blows.

    Run. Joe. Run. So you can suffer a crushing defeat and be exposed for who you really are.

    I want Joe to stay in the Senate race until it’s too late for him to get petitions for the congressional ballot. He can end his campaign March 10th or have the voters do it for him on May 18th.

  15. Lana

    Feb 11th, 2010

    As a member of State committee for 14 years I was never so proud of their vote against Sestak and for Specter. Since I live in his district(7th CD) I know just how bad the little admiral really is. He came from no where and did nothing. As bad as Weldon was Sestak is worse..
    Eun Joe Run as you will end your run on primary night, much faster than you thought
    Specter getting a 2/3 vote from State Committee was more than amazing and my hat is off to everyone of the 2/3rd’s that voted against this phoney. I think we will have a big party on May 18th when he is gone for ever ! I am sure that the Clinton’s will find him a job. Afterall he really never held a job but always lived off whatever he could steal from the goverment.
    Yes. run Joe run
    Maybe when you are defeated you may have time to learn what it means to be a REAL Democrat.
    Can’t wait till May 18th, it’s going to be a knock out!!

  16. huw

    Feb 11th, 2010

    somethings up here, it doesn’t make sense for Sestak to run against Specter. Why are his donors going to continue to donate to a losing cause? All that money down the tubes. It could be used for candidates who have a decent shot. Sestak has made a bad move and he needs to right his ship. I think we’ll see him drop out of the Senate race next week.

  17. David Diano

    Feb 11th, 2010

    Lana-
    If you go to the Delco Dems convention next week, make a point of finding me. We can swap some stories.

    I was thinking that an equivalent title for this article could be….

    Sestak Camp: We’re going down with the ship!

  18. Mancini

    Feb 11th, 2010

    Diano,

    Your irrational hatred of Shestak cannot mask the fact that he has deep, grass roots,tea party support.

    He will win, if only because he was a veteran, and went to DC to protest the healthcare bill, when other democrats simply defended it.

    He is anti-establishment, and not a puppet of any party.

    So sorry if that doesn’t fit into your world view, but facts can be “inconvenient things”.

  19. David Diano

    Feb 11th, 2010

    Mancini-
    I can’t tell if you are arguing for me, against me, are being ironic, or displaying incredible ignorance.

    1) Shestak?
    2) Tea-party support?
    3) went to DC to protest the healthcare bill?

    I guess “facts” can be inconvenient, especially when you can’t get yours straight.

  20. HateSestak

    Feb 11th, 2010

    Mancini: Mr. Diano is by no means irrational, nor is he consumed by hatred or enmity. Mr. Diano is simply one of countless people who came to the realization that Representative Sestak is a self-serving, lawbreaking charlatan. Sestak enjoys “deep support” you claim? Why, then, is he being trounced by Senator Specter in the polls? This “deep support” never, ever seems to materialize. It does not exist, nor should it. Sestak is a “veteran,” indeed – a “veteran” who was ousted from the armed forces. And Sestak is indeed a “puppet” – a “puppet” of corrupt labor union bosses like the notorious Wendell Young IV. That is why your beloved Sestak is currently under investigation by the federal authorities. Representative Sestak’s political career will soon come to an ignominious end. It is best that this demagogue – and his few remaining followers – accept this empirical reality.

  21. Mancini

    Feb 11th, 2010

    Diano:

    Sorry, its YOU whome can’t get your facts straight.

    They’re all just politicians at heart, so I agree with that. But I just dont know if Sestak can make it as a third party (tea party) candidate. So we have to let him run as a democrat.

    Spector is not a true republican at all, so he will have a hard time convincing republicans to vote for him. So I think at best he may be a long shot. He actually got yelled at a townhall that I was at. He dosn’t have the tea party support at all.

    Hey hater: this is supposed to be a blog, so why are you calling Sestak names and using crude language?

    Cool down Diano, its just a conversation.

  22. David Diano

    Feb 11th, 2010

    Mancini-
    The Tea Party crowd isn’t close to a third party. The Tea Party crowd is mostly a bunch of right-wing extremists and poorly informed people (and more than a few racists) that the GOP is trying to utilize.
    Maybe you feel Sestak should run as an Independent (like Joe Lieberman)or for some registered alternative party (like Ross Perot).

    Specter is not a fit either to the nut jobs in the “tea party” movement.

    Toomey has already embraced the Tea Party crowd, but I think that will be his downfall, because it will reveal how extreme he is.

  23. HateSestak

    Feb 11th, 2010

    Right-wing extremists indeed. At any rate, Representative Sestak is not a progressive, nor is he a populist. He is a megalomaniac whose sole aim is to promote his own narrow interests and those of his morally depraved inner circle. I have posed the question before: have the denizens of the 7th District truly benefited from his supposed efforts? If not, why would anyone contemplate casting their ballots for him? Aside from his siblings and the nefarious union boss Wendell Young IV, no has benefited from the short-lived political career of Joe Sestak.

  24. STEELBLITZ1

    Feb 12th, 2010

    ok–

    ive missed something here. Sestak is being investigated? Whos wendell young? I think he used to be the third string goalie for the penguins. Please tell.

  25. David Diano

    Feb 12th, 2010

    SteelBlitz-
    Well, obviously Wendell Young IV is the son of Wendell Young III, who was a union leader of some note. According to Hater, it sounds like #IV has been working with Sestak to take a “shortcut” to his own fame and fortune.

    To be honest, I never heard of #III or #IV until I went to look up the names because Hater brought it up. Nefarious sounds a lot more interesting than notorious, but doesn’t sound quite as interesting as “Jimmy Hoffa”. Though Hater sounds as if he’d be comfortable with Wendell and Joe joining Jimmy.

    Allegations of politicians, union bosses and corruption are above my pay grade. This sounds like a job for federal agents and real investigative news journalists.

    Considering how the whole Weldon situation happened right before an election, it will be interesting if any of this gets dealt with before or after the primary.

    Hater is being a lot more specific these days and seems pretty sure that the “jig is up”, but he’s a bit impatient on Sestak getting his comeuppance.

    What I can’t figure out is how even 1/10th of what Hater alludes to could stay out of the headlines and public record without there being more talk about it and leaks. But then again, the Weldon raid was a complete surprise too, despite years of talk of Weldon being corrupt.

    Plenty of reporters read this blog and are following this race. I hope some are looking it this to either prove publicly or debunk privately.

  26. STEELBLITZ1

    Feb 12th, 2010

    Jesus…

    This sounds like this scenario has bad news written all over it. The dems better steer clear of this situation. It sounds likes Sestak may have more problems that picking what office to run for.

  27. Mancini

    Feb 12th, 2010

    Diano:

    I guess an old guy can’t keep up with you smart young opinionators.

    I was at the Haight in ’68, and then drafted. A war that I wanted no part of, so I went north for five years. Formed a small group of anti-war protestors in Ottowa, and watched it all play out with great sorrow.

    Spector clearly is on the side of those of us who follow a differnt path – go with the “flow”, to speak. He is a representative of our creed, and as he believes in growth and change, so do I. He is far better for us and is well suited for the shifts and turns of these difficult times. He is a far better man.

    Having said that, ironically, I dont see Shestak as the right man to represent us – not even a little. His tea party support will go away, and he will be left alone with his sailor’s hat.

    What we need is true leaders. Where is the Goldater and McGovern of this age?

    But you have your fun….

  28. HateSestak

    Feb 12th, 2010

    Mr. Diano: Senator Edwards’ illicit liasons were going on for YEARS before they were publicly revealed. Indeed, he was having an illicit affair throughout his presidential campaign. And when it was disclosed, it was disclosed by a tabloid, The National Enquirer! Some have claimed that they tried in vain to contact the mainstream press, but were rebuffed. If current accounts are to be believed, everybody in Edwards’ camp (and elsewhere) knew about the affair, and the Senator had numerous battles in public places with his spouse. In one instance, his cancer-stricken spouse undressed in a public place and denounced the Senator! How is that no one in the mainstream press revealed this?!

    Well, Mr. Diano, perhaps the mainstream press is not quite as assiduous, reliable, or dedicated as you wish to believe. And perhaps modern journalists are not as bold as you wish to believe. Though I will stress again: a Fox29 investigative reporter DID confront Sestak about these allegations. The very next day, Fox29 was threatened with legal action. Perhaps concerns about litigation keep the press from divulging the truth. Doubt me? Talk to Fox29. You will probably get a discreet “no comment.” Has Sestak and/or Wendell Young IV threatened others in the press with legal action? Could be.

    Another, more ominous possibility is that some in the press welcome the prospect of a protracted battle between Specter and Sestak. Revealing the truth about Sestak would derail such a battle. Some in our (capitalist-dominated) news media may recognize that a Specter-Sestak battle will undermine the Democratic Party. And to some, this is a good thing. And if Sestak were to prevail in the primary, they can immediately disclose all the facts about the federal inquiry and ensure a Toomey victory. This is why it is vitally important that Democrats like ourselves get this out into the open, and rid our party of Joe Sestak. Better we deal with the matter now than later. “Steelblitz” is correct: the Democratic Party must reckon with this situation NOW – because the prospects for Representative Sestak are growing bleaker by the moment.

  29. Taj

    Feb 12th, 2010

    Yawwwwwwwn….Joe is going to beat Snarlin’ Arlen, so I’m not worried :)

  30. Taj

    Feb 12th, 2010

    David

    The fact that you looked up who I am, and what schools I went to, is a TAD creepy…to say the least. Can you not stalk me? Thanks. And get a life of your own.

  31. Getalife Diano

    Feb 12th, 2010

    Amen to that, Taj.

  32. David Diano

    Feb 12th, 2010

    Taj-
    I typed your name into Facebook. Took all of 2 seconds. It wasn’t like I had to do extensive research or “stalking”. Grow up and fix your privacy settings.

  33. Mancini

    Feb 12th, 2010

    Diano:

    Who exactly are you anyway? I don’t see any logic in your politics, but I do see some real vehemence in your approach to talking about it – and those of your ilk.

    Remember, just because you yell the loudest doesn’t mean your right.

    And please, don’t waste your time trying to look me up, I’m unlisted.

    By the way, Sestak will win – but only with his grass roots support gathered up. He’ll need to communicate better with the moderates and the far left democrates to get the so-called “swing” votes. Otherwise, Spector gets the nod.

  34. HateSestak

    Feb 12th, 2010

    We seem to have struck a nerve, Mr. Diano. Hmmm…wonder why? If there is no cause for alarm, why villify you? Methinks someone is a tad bit nervous. And with good reason, I might add. Incidentally, Representative Sestak, bravado does not go over very well with federal agents, congressional investigators and increasingly impatient elder statesmen. Just so you know.

  35. David Diano

    Feb 12th, 2010

    Mancini-
    Who do I have to be?
    My politics aren’t that difficult to figure out. I’m generally for putting the party and political philosophy over the candidate. However, for a truly exceptional candidate I’m willing to buck the party if the party has it’s collective head up it’s ass. In some cases it’s a long term vs short term payoff. If I know a candidate to be disreputable, I won’t support them, and may either work against them or stay neutral. Sometimes, if a candidate has no chance, but it ahead of the curve, I will vote for them to send a message of support for their campaign issues.

    Regarding this Senate race:
    1) I think Sestak is a long term problem, and it’s better that we get rid of him now. (fake liberal and dishonorable politician)
    2) I think that Specter has a better chance at beating Toomey than Sestak.
    3) I think that Sestak’s campaign is actually helping Toomey’s and hurting the party.

    Toomey, Sestak and Specter are among the people I least like in that seat, but they are the only three running.

  36. Taj

    Feb 12th, 2010

    David,

    And why did you feel the need to look me up on facebook?

    1) “Fake liberal and dishonorable politician”….And you’re not talking about Specter? Who used to vote with the Democrats about only 40& of the time when he was a Republican, now votes with them 97% of the time? Who switched parites to save his own floundering career? Suuuuuuure, that’s a true liberal and honorable politician if I ever saw one.

    2) Specter BARELY beat Toomey in 2004. Now that he has shown himself to be an opportunistic turncoat, he’s toast no matter who’s he running against. Sestak included.

    3) You sound like all the pundits who were calling on Hillary to get out of the race, because she was “hurting” Obama’s chances against McCain. Let the people vote for whom they want to vote. Let’s have an actual election, and not a fixed selection. Specter’s chances are doing just as poor without Joe’s help.

  37. David Diano

    Feb 13th, 2010

    Taj-
    I look everybody up on Facebook. Don’t be such a baby and whine because I looked at a public profile that you posted to tell the world about yourself. I’m part of “the world”. Grow up and get over yourself.

    It’s a great tool to see if someone is young/old, part of a campaign, has a vested interest in the candidate or his opponent, belongs to an activist group or cause, etc. It’s kind of dumb to argue with someone without looking up their background. Maybe you should be an adviser to the Sestak campaign and suggest that they don’t do any background research on Specter or Toomey before debating them.

    1) Specter isn’t pretending to be a liberal. Those 97% percent figures are very misleading, because most of them are procedural votes on measures where almost everybody has over 90% with whatever party they are registered with. You need to look at the issues where Specter voted against the Republicans when he was with them: pro-choice, stem cells, civil rights, medical research, unions, stimulus, etc.
    Look at where Sestak voted against the Dems: Iraq War blank check (twice), funding Cheney’s office, warrantless wiretaps, telecom immunity, single payer for states.
    So, votes of courage/conscience against party by Specter and votes of cowardice/concession by Sestak.
    There are indications that Sestak is actually a conservative who’s just making the liberal votes he needs in the short term to get elected, but once elected he’ll be more like Lieberman, especially as a hawk.

    2) Specter barely beat Toomey WITHIN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY in 2004, which was far more moderate than the PA GOP of today. Two years ago, hundreds of thousands of moderate PA Republicans switched registration to Democrat. This was the core that voted for Specter over Toomey in 2004. The current Republican party is Tea-Party central and guys like Toomey are to the Right of Santorum. The moderate Republicans still don’t like Toomey and neither do the Dems. Specter can run in the middle, and marginalize Toomey to the far Right wing.
    Sestak can’t do that because he’s spent too much energy portraying himself as more liberal than he actually is.
    Specter doesn’t have to tack back to the Right or center. He “expanded” into the Left but justified it with moderate principles. Specter’s not a Left or Right wing ideologue and nobody can paint him as such.

    3) Hillary not only had a dead-even chance of beating Obama, she had earned her stripes and was qualified for the position. Sestak has NONE of those things going for him here.
    Also, there was such excitement over the race that it fueled voter registration to the Dem’s advantage.
    You are wrong that Joe isn’t hurting Specter. He’s keeping Specter from spending money to go after Toomey. Not only that, but Joe collected $3 million under the pretext he would use it for the 7th congressional race. This is $3 million that is no longer available to fight Pat Meehan or Toomey.
    Joe was pretty happy to have the path cleared for him in 2006.
    In 2008, there were people from the peace movement who wanted to challenge Sestak to a primary, but he was already the “fixed” candidate with a lot of money.

    You should to work for Sestak while you have the chance. It will be a great learning experience. (You learn the most from your mistakes.)

  38. HateSestak

    Feb 14th, 2010

    If Sestak is truly committed to his Senate bid, and there is no dissension whatsoever within his campaign, why did his Communications Director, Gary Ritterstein, abruptly resign from his post earlier today? Perhaps the the ongoing federal inquiry into Representative Sestak’s improprieties instilled fear into Mr. Ritterstein. Other campign staffers will surely follow in the coming days…

  39. Wondering

    Feb 15th, 2010

    I heard about that. What the @#! is going on with Sestak anyhow? Why is he remaining in this race? He’s trailing badly in the polls, and now he’s under investigation, too?! Why is he hanging around? Anybody know?

  40. Chesco Dem

    Feb 15th, 2010

    Wondering-
    I’ve been thinking about that topic…

    Candidates can use contributed funds for their legal defense. Maybe Sestak is staying in the race solely to raise funds for his future legal battle with the Feds. (Ask Fumo how expensive it is to defend yourself against them).

    He should have started spending money for campaign ads now, but I bet he’s holding back for a legal defense fund.

    As we all know – he’s trailing badly in the polls, under investigation, wasn’t endorsed by the Democratic party, has no name recognition, and Specter has outraised him. So why else would he stay in this race?!?

  41. David Diano

    Feb 17th, 2010

    Chesco Dem-
    Despite all of that, there are some Dems of good faith (who personally dislike Sestak, ie not lemmings) who genuinely believe Sestak can beat Specter. I disagree with them (alleged investigation aside) purely on the basis of the complete disarray of the campaign and lack of infrastructure for a statewide race. It’s a mom & pop operations with Joe and his inexperienced siblings calling the shots, and tons of unpaid students following orders that they don’t have the experience or knowledge to disagree with.

    On top of that, the ward leaders and party people who handle the GOTV operations, and the Unions are all behind Specter. Even within Delco, there are people pretending to support Sestak, but secretly distributing Specter petitions.

  42. Chesco Dem

    Feb 17th, 2010

    Diano-
    These Delco Dems should have the courage of their convictions to stand up and support Specter publicly – instead of in secret. They are doing a great disservice to themselves and to others.

    There is strength in numbers. All it takes is one or two people to stand up and be counted and others will follow suit.

    Perhaps Sestak would realize just how unpopular he is in his own backyard.

  43. David Diano

    Feb 17th, 2010

    Chesco-
    No disagreement. I’ve told many of them that they have greater numbers than they realize. If they would stop being wimps and kissing Joe’s ass, they might push back against Sestak and pressure him into some concessions (like keeping his word once in a while).

    I think Sestak has some inkling he’s unpopular because he not only has high turn-over but so few of his former supporters show up offering to help. Of course, the other (prevailing) theory is that Sestak considers all who do not swear fealty and worship him are lazy, no-good traitors that don’t deserve a congressman like him.

    Many former staffers are looking forward to voting him out of their lives.

  44. AnotherDem

    Feb 18th, 2010

    Again, why is Sestak even staying in this race? What is he trying to accomplish at this stage? He obviously can’t win. Is he (as some here have claimed) really in legal trouble, and he’s just trying to force the Dems to bail him out?

  45. David Diano

    Feb 18th, 2010

    AnotherDem-
    Sestak’s so used to the unquestioning devotion (lemmings) in Delco, that he really can’t conceive getting less than 100% of the Dem vote.
    I’ve certainly met politically intelligent Dems who think he can win (though, I clearly disagree with them in this case).

    If you actually can’t read the polls, feel the political wind, open your eyes to reality, or understand he level of disarray in his campaign, then you can’t really get the right answer on this one.
    It’s going to be a rout by at least 20 points.

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