April 22, 2016
Party bosses dislike Sestak's independence The Pennsylvania Democratic Party displayed its oligarchic character in Ed Rendell's letter of support for Katie McGinty ("McGinty the best candidate for Senate seat," Monday). As in 2010, the Democratic leadership seeks to deny the choice of its registered Democratic constituency by fronting a candidate whose only real government experience is environmental policy and whose experience in Gov. Wolf's cabinet has been less than enlightening. Most importantly, the Democratic leadership seeks to short-circuit the campaign of Joe Sestak, who has exhibited appeal to the electorate, knowledge of and experience with the issues of the day and the way government functions - and independence from the oligarchy.
April 19, 2016
Anti-gun-violence group backs Sestak The three Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania - Katie McGinty, John Fetterman, and Joe Sestak - have similar positions on gun safety and violence prevention, but the Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence feels that Sestak has the edge in experience and ability to win the general election. As a former Navy admiral, Sestak understands firearms and their dangers. In his two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, he supported four gun bills, including the assault weapons ban. And he was instrumental in closing a pawn shop in the Seventh Congressional District that did not follow safe practices in reselling used guns.
April 18, 2016
Katie McGinty, 52 Hometown: Wayne. Experience: Led the White House Council on Environmental Quality in the Clinton administration; secretary of Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection under Gov. Ed Rendell; chief of staff for Gov. Wolf; ran for governor in 2014. Joe Sestak, 64 Hometown: Edgmont. Experience: Three-star Navy admiral; director for defense policy on the Clinton administration's National Security Council; two-term congressman; Democratic Senate nominee in 2010.
April 18, 2016 |
Deep into a cold March night in tiny Ligonier, Pa., Joe Sestak padded through a Ramada Inn in his socks, reviewing papers and talking up the sleepy front-desk staff. Sestak - who sleeps little and eats even less - was opening a manic run to win the Senate seat that eluded him in 2010, walking 422 miles across the state more than a year before the first vote is cast. In Washington, the Democratic Party establishment rolled its eyes and dialed up alternatives. They landed on Katie McGinty, a sunny mother of three with years of experience in the White House and Harrisburg, respect from party insiders, but only one run for office - a last-place bid for governor in 2014.
April 16, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 A personal note at a painful time I am delighted the Inquirer endorsed Joe Sestak for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania and agree with every reason that was cited ("Sestak gets primary nod," Sunday). I want to add one: a record of extraordinary service to constituents. My wife, Gay, died of brain cancer in 2011. It touched me deeply to receive a handwritten letter from Sestak recounting a conversation with Gay and offering his condolences.
April 12, 2016
Today's topic is political déjà vu. Pennsylvania is known for it. Same kind of stuff over and over. It even shows up in campaigns. Take our April 26 Democratic U.S. Senate primary, featuring Joe Sestak, Katie McGinty and John Fetterman. If you're following at all you might be thinking, hey, wait, this feels familiar. You're right. It's not a total match with a past campaign, and Fetterman is certainly something new, but there are similarities between this race and the 2010 Democratic Senate primary, which also featured and was won by one Joe Sestak.
April 11, 2016
The perceived vulnerability of Sen. Pat Toomey in the general election, in which the Republican presidential nominee may be more liability than asset, has produced three competitive Democratic candidates to challenge the incumbent. JOE SESTAK , a former Navy admiral who served two terms in the House, has the best credentials and experience to immediately serve Pennsylvania and the nation. His unrelenting intellectual curiosity has helped Sestak, a notoriously hard taskmaster, form a deep understanding of government and foreign policy that Katie McGinty and John Fetterman cannot match.
April 7, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Sestak offers experience, leadership I've been a strong supporter of the Obama administration, but I was surprised to see President Obama and Vice President Biden jump into the Pennsylvania Democratic primary for U.S. Senate ("Obama and Biden endorse McGinty," Thursday). Snubbing Joe Sestak was a big mistake. He served two terms in the House of Representatives for the Seventh District, which traditionally is held by a Republican. Sestak was a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act and other progressive bills, and he knows the issues.
April 7, 2016 |
The three Pennsylvania Democrats running for U.S. Senate engaged in their sharpest clash yet Tuesday night, their first broadcast debate reflecting the rising stakes as the race enters its final three weeks. Katie McGinty was the aggressor in trying to draw clear contrasts, quickly accusing front-runner Joe Sestak of supporting cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Sestak, a former Navy admiral and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, said she was distorting his record and relying on negativity.