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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.
NEWS
October 25, 2010
THIS CAMPAIGN season has been one of extremes: extreme candidates making extreme claims about what's wrong with the country and how to fix it. To us, the most extreme claim is that the government had no business spending $787 billion on the Recovery Act when the free market would have done a better job correcting the economic meltdown. Especially since the free, unregulated market helped cause the meltdown, triggered by banks that pushed toxic mortgages and then sold them bundled as securities.
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April 18, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
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.
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August 11, 2010 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writer
SCRANTON - Former President Bill Clinton's signature campaign song was always "Don't Stop" (thinkin' about tomorrow) by Fleetwood Mac, and, on cue, the anthem blasted off the walls of the Scranton High School gym Tuesday as he campaigned for Democratic Senate nominee Joe Sestak. But mostly Clinton wanted to talk about yesterday - the budget surplus and 20 million jobs created under his administration. It makes no sense to elect Republicans whose policies created the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression because the Democrats have not fixed it yet, Clinton argued.
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April 7, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
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.
NEWS
May 6, 2010
A heated dispute around Rep. Joe Sestak's Navy record has become a central issue in his Democratic primary Senate race against incumbent Arlen Specter. The best way for Sestak to resolve the issue would be for him to release his Navy records. The dispute centers on an ad by Specter's campaign that said Sestak was relieved of his post as chief of planning for the Navy because he created a "poor command climate. " That's according to a 2005 Navy Times article cited by the TV ad. Pentagon sources have confirmed the Navy Times report to multiple news organizations.
NEWS
October 25, 2006
Pa. Seventh District Historically Republican, the district covering most of Delaware and parts of Chester and Montgomery Counties voted Democratic in the last three presidential elections. The Case for Sestak Retired admiral, U.S. Navy Democrat, 54 Wallingford This seat, held by Weldon for 20 years, is ripe for a change. Sestak, a career naval officer, is a political novice - and it shows. But he's benefited from the mounting ethical woes of the GOP majority on Capitol Hill, including Weldon's.
NEWS
May 10, 2010 | By Thomas Fitzgerald INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Last week, Sen. Arlen Specter's campaign bought thousands of ad minutes on Philadelphia black-oriented radio stations to air a clip of President Obama's praising him. And Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins made robo-calls to city Democratic voters saying that Specter has "proven he's on our team" by supporting the economic-stimulus and health-care overhaul. For Specter, surviving the Democratic Senate primary against Rep. Joe Sestak may well come down to his hometown, the city that launched his long political career in 1965, when he was elected district attorney - as a Republican.
NEWS
August 20, 2006 | By Todd Mason INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a response to President Bush's weekly radio address yesterday, Democratic congressional candidate Joe Sestak urged the Bush administration to "speak honestly" about the true cost of the war in Iraq. "For the cost of two days in Iraq we could screen 100 percent of all air cargo on passenger planes," said Sestak, a retired Navy admiral who is mounting a serious challenge to U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon (R., Pa.) Sestak returned to his hometown of Springfield, Delaware County, in January after earning three stars and serving tours of duty in the White House and Pentagon.
NEWS
October 21, 2006 | By Todd Mason INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Labeling himself an underdog in an increasingly bitter race, U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon (R., Pa.) mounted a furious attack on Democratic opponent Joe Sestak in the pair's final debate yesterday. "My opponent can throw out all the crap he wants about my kids, but in the end, the people of this district will decide," Weldon told a mostly friendly audience at the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce event. The FBI is probing whether Weldon helped his daughter Karen and friend Charles P. Sexton Jr. land $1 million in contracts from a Russian energy firm and a Serbian family with ties to Slobodan Milosevic.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 18, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 7, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
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.
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