Joe Sestak to Run for Senate

According to Talking Points Memo, Joe Sestak will run against Arlen Specter for Senate:

Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) is privately telling supporters that he intends to run for Senate, TPMDC has confirmed.

"He intends to get in the race," says Meg Infantino, the Congressman's sister, who works at Sestak for Congress. "In the not too distant future, he will sit down with his wife and daughter to make the final decision."


Earlier today, a Sestak volunteer and contributor received a handwritten note from Sestak himself, announcing his intent to run and asking for a contribution. The source provided TPMDC a scan of the letter:


Like everyone else on the Obama list, I got an email last week from Joe Biden about his "friend," Arlen Specter. Mr. Vice President, please, from me to you, butt out. The conversation that needs to happen is between Arlen Specter and Democrats about why he switched, not between you and us. If Specter is really a Democrat, he has the next year to show it.

If not, well, an actual Democrat appears to be entering the race.

great news

I too got the email from Joe Biden and his friend.
So i called his office and told them i wasn't surprised, since both of them voted for the 2005 bankruptcy bill, among other atrocities.

good news about sestak. I like having the opportunity to vote for a real democrat (as opposed to a grizzled old rogue elephant dressed up in a jackass costume).

So far, little difference on health care

On the issue I know best, there is little difference between Specter and Sestak.

Joe Sestak was the the third to last Democrat in PA to sign the Health Care For America Now statement of principles, which include support for a public health insurance plan. Since signing on, however, Sestak has been touting the Massachusetts plan, which does not include a public option, which is one reason it has not controlled health care costs in the state.

Arlen Specter signed the Health Care For America Now principles two weeks ago, but with a reservation about the public health insurance plan. In the last week or so he has said favorable things about Chuck Schumer's version of the public plan which is pretty close to what we in HCAN want.

If Sestak is going to run as a real Democrat against Specter, he is going to have to act like one and take positions to Specer's left. And he can only do that if Senator Specter allows him to.

In other word, on health care, and proably other issues as well, we don't yet know who the "real Democrat" in the race is going to be.

The future is more important than the past. There is no question that Senatr Specter has cast many votes that make Democrats cringe. But if he support EFCA and health care, a great deal will be forgiven by Democrats, especially if the Senator can claim to the seniority that makes him a force on key committees.

This is going to be an interesting race.

As I said...

... before Specter's party switch, I'd planned to vote against him in the general; now, I'll vote against him in the Democratic primary. Go Adm. Sestak!


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