Here comes Sestak

Be afraid, Curt:

Tapping a network of Democrats sensing an upset in Delaware County's congressional race, challenger Joe Sestak was able to raise more money in the last three months than his opponent, U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon.

The retired Navy admiral, a political novice, took in $700,000 in the quarter that ended June 30, his campaign staff said yesterday.

By contrast, Weldon raised $400,000, said the Republican's campaign manager, Michael V. Puppio Jr.

Sestak has now raised a total of $1.1 million since he entered the race.

"For a first-time candidate, it is very unusual to raise that kind of money, particularly against a longtime incumbent," said Amy Walter, a senior editor at the Cook Political Report in Washington.

As Tom Ferrick has documented, Weldon is showing signs that he is, to put it kindly, totally insane. Sounding a lot like another nutty PA politico, Weldon said recently that the "jury is still out" on whether there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Uh huh.

Joe Sestak, a nationwide, netroots endorsed candidate, is the perfect candidate to take on Weldon, at the perfect time. With Lois Murphy and Pat Murphy in the immediate suburbs, and Chris Carney in Northeast PA, Pennsylvania is a likely lynchpin in turning the House back to the Democrats.

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