Sestak, the New Lamont?

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Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Democratic leaders will continue to support the 2010 reelection of Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.), Congress’ newest Democrat, despite yesterday’s news that Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) is planning a primary challenge, The Plum Line reported this afternoon. Here’s the statement from Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), via Greg Sargent:

Like President Obama and Vice President Biden, Senator Reid will work to raise money and campaign for Senator Specter.

The development is slightly reminiscent of the Connecticut saga in 2006. In that case, there was a liberal candidate (Ned Lamont) challenging an established moderate (Joe Lieberman) who broke with the Democrats on a number of key issues (notably the war on terror), yet party leaders stuck with the moderate.

In this case, there’s a not-quite-liberal candidate (Sestak) poised to take on an established moderate (Specter) who’s ready to break with the Democrats on several key issues (the Employee Free Choice Act, public health plans), yet party leaders are again throwing their weight behind the riskier guy.

In recent weeks, Specter has tempered his outright opposition to EFCA and the inclusion of a public insurance plan as part of the Democrats’ soon-to-be-unveiled health care reform proposal. Do Democratic leaders know something the rest of us don’t about how Specter, whose first act as a Democrat was to vote against Obama’s budget, intends to come down on other party priorities? Or are they just wary of Sestak’s infamous temperament?

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MP
Comment posted May 28, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

The pundits may make a big deal about little things. by nature. However, the constituents feel strongly positive about Rep. Sestak, his team(s) and all those who serve the District. We are grateful to Mr. Sestak and his team, fo rall they accomplish, and especially for considering a challenge to Mr. Specter. We are looking for new ideas, discipline, sincere concern with a track record of service to this nation. Mr. Sestak has not only sacrificed a great deal while serving in Navy, but also has kept an unmatched pattern of tireless service for citizens. This is rare in public service, and the pundit may not get it. We do hope that Mr. Specter and the political party machine (not excluding Mr. Obama, regardless of how much we adore him) will be soundly defeated. If necessary, some of us Independents will join the Democratic Party to pave the way for better future for PA and the US.


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Joel Monkarsh
Comment posted May 29, 2009 @ 1:23 pm

Do the Democrats actually want to win this seat or just be ideologically correct? Remember, Lamont lost.


linda
Comment posted June 5, 2009 @ 12:02 pm

In this case, there’s a not-quite-liberal candidate (Sestak) poised to take on an established moderate (Specter) who’s ready to break with the Democrats on several key issues (the Employee Free Choice Act, public health plans), yet party leaders are again throwing their weight behind the riskier guy.


linda
Comment posted June 5, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

In this case, there’s a not-quite-liberal candidate (Sestak) poised to take on an established moderate (Specter) who’s ready to break with the Democrats on several key issues (the Employee Free Choice Act, public health plans), yet party leaders are again throwing their weight behind the riskier guy.


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