February 5, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Joe Sestak has a $1.4 million cash advantage over Katie McGinty as the two Democrats head into the final months of Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate primary, new campaign filings show. Both candidates have outpaced Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, who has struggled to turn his outsider appeal into campaign cash. As of Dec. 31, Fetterman had just $131,672 on hand. Sestak, a former congressman making his second bid for the Senate seat, raised $373,840 in the final quarter of 2015, his report showed.
February 2, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - The three Democrats running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania emphasized the foundations of their views Sunday in the first joint appearance of a critical race. In a forum hosted by a Pittsburgh-based Democratic group, former admiral and congressman Joe Sestak laced his answers with Navy anecdotes. Katie McGinty, former chief of staff to Gov. Wolf, talked up her middle-class upbringing as the daughter of a Philadelphia policeman and a restaurant hostess. And Braddock, Pa., Mayor John Fetterman explained that he has seen vast inequality, growing up in a prosperous family and now leading a borough hit by economic decline.
January 12, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - As global conflict dominated headlines, national security grabbed the spotlight last week in the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania, offering a glimpse of a debate that could prove critical in this fall's election. Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican seeking a second term, sought to flex his foreign-policy muscles, blasting President Obama - and his Democratic challengers - over the international nuclear deal with Iran and that country's recent ballistic missile tests. "It's extremely dangerous if the administration goes ahead and rewards the Iranians' egregiously bad behavior," Toomey told reporters in a conference call Tuesday, the same day he used an op-ed piece published in The Inquirer to urge the president not to lift sanctions.
January 10, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - The new year has brought a fresh wave of activity in the widely watched U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania - and a surprising assessment from the state's Democratic Party leader. In an interview Thursday, Chairman Marcel Groen said that Braddock Mayor John Fetterman - the least-known, least-funded, and last Democrat to join the race - could represent the party's best chance to win. Fetterman would "be the toughest candidate" in a general election matchup against Sen. Pat Toomey, Groen told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
December 10, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - If one day could crystallize the budding U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania, it may have come Tuesday. In Philadelphia, candidate Katie McGinty embraced more support from the Democratic establishment, racking up endorsements from Mayor Nutter, the city controller, and eight City Council members. Her chief rival, Joe Sestak, planned policy events on housing laws and the fight against ISIS, while a third Democrat, Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, reinforced his maverick image with a one-sentence headline-grabbing campaign announcement: "Donald Trump is a jagoff.
November 6, 2015 |
U.S. SENATE candidate John Fetterman is a tattooed 6-8 behemoth from the Pittsburgh suburbs who looks like the bar bouncer in a drunken nightmare where you wake up in a cold sweat right before his bowling-ball-size fist collides with your face. But! We can confirm he ain't like that. He won't even punch you in the face if you puke on his shoes. Meet Jay Kyda , 36, a welder who makes furniture for a living and happened to vomit on Fetterman outside a rave about eight years ago. Kyda, who lives in Pittsburgh, reminded Fetterman, the mayor of Braddock, Pa., about the incident on the candidate's Facebook page a couple of weeks ago: "I was half expecting you to kick my ass after I looked up, but you couldn't have been nicer about it. Helped me clean myself up and got me to my friend's car where I slept it off. I didn't know who you were until some friends told me about it later.
September 11, 2015
IN THESE days of partisan politics, we need politically independent candidates. I'm tired of politicians who are devoted to party leaders rather than the people who elected them. We must support candidates who are not afraid to be different. We are lucky to have someone who will speak independently for Pennsylvanians. Joe Sestak is that person. Sestak, a former three star admiral who was director of the Navy's anti-terrorism unit after the horror of 9/11, years ago started the trend of being a candidate for the people; long before candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.
August 27, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Democrats Joe Sestak and Katie McGinty fare equally in potential matchups against Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, though the Republican incumbent holds a large advantage over both, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. The survey, the first since McGinty announced her candidacy this month, shows Toomey leading Sestak by 48-33 and McGinty 48-32. The poll provides an early snapshot of a race expected to be critical to deciding control of the Senate. Sestak, a former admiral and Delaware County congressman, has been laying the groundwork for years for a potential rematch with Toomey, and launched his campaign in March.
August 11, 2015
KATIE McGINTY, former Pennsylvania environmental secretary, former Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former chief of staff to Gov. Wolf, last week announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate. She wants the seat now held by Sen. Pat Toomey, who's up for re-election next year. McGinty sat down for a Q&A with Daily News political columnist John Baer. Q: You're a Northeast Philly neighborhood native, large family, dad was a cop. How did your upbringing influence your life priorities?
August 2, 2015 |
Two hours and two Philadelphia blocks apart, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and challenger Joe Sestak traded major policy speeches Friday on Iran, offering the first blow-for-blow exchange of a widely watched Senate election that is still 15 months off. Toomey (R., Pa.) told an audience at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia that the Iran nuclear agreement was a threat to national security. He did not mention Sestak. But in a news release earlier in the day, he jabbed at the former Delaware County congressman's support for the deal.