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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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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.
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.
NEWS
June 4, 2010
ARLEN Specter lost my vote when he ran an ad against Joe Sestak's military record, especially since he never served in the military. Also, no one is owed a government job forever. Specter has been feeding at the trough long enough. Give someone else a chance. J.W. Daniels, Philadelphia Arlen "Single-bullet" Specter lost. Now the real Democrats may thank their lucky stars. Mark. A. Vare, Philadelphia
NEWS
April 26, 2014 | By Gary Miles, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard J. Sestak, 54, of Springfield, Delaware County, brother of and campaign manager for former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, died of complications from cancer Wednesday, April 23, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Sestak grew up in Springfield, and graduated from Cardinal O'Hara High School, Villanova University, and Villanova University School of Law. He started his law career in New York City, in the capital markets group of Price Waterhouse and went on to practice as a commercial litigator at Kittredge Donley in Philadelphia, and Baker & McKenzie, Brown & Winfield, and Ropes & Majeski in Los Angeles.
NEWS
October 25, 2010
In the Senate race, we endorse Joe Sestak for his support of key issues like: Sestak's military background adds strength to his arguments, made during Friday's debate, for banning assault weapons; Toomey's self-described (and contempible) view of gun contro l is "a steady aim. " Sestak believes the stimulus bil l should have been bigger; Toomey believes the free market would have corrected the economic meltdown. Sestak supports tax cuts for the middle class; Toomey supports making high income-tax cuts permanent.
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June 19, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
PENNSYLVANIANS overwhelmingly support legalizing marijuana - but not for recreational purposes. We still believe in the death penalty - but also support Gov. Wolf's death-penalty moratorium and prefer that convicted murderers receive life in prison instead. And most of us still don't know who Senate candidate Joe Sestak is, despite his 422-mile walking tour, a new book and a relentless publicity machine. That's according to a new Daily News /Franklin & Marshall College Poll released today.
NEWS
May 25, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Montgomery County Commissioner Chairman Josh Shapiro has told national Democratic Party leaders that he will not run for the nomination to challenge Republican Sen. Pat Toomey next year. "I am incredibly humbled and flattered by their interest, but ultimately concluded I am not interested in going to Washington to be a legislator at this stage in my career," Shapiro said Friday in a brief interview. Senior Democrats had been encouraging Shapiro to jump into the primary against Joe Sestak, a retired Navy rear admiral and former Delaware County congressman who lost a close race to Toomey in 2010 but who also has a strained relationship with members of the party establishment.
NEWS
April 26, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski officially started his U.S. Senate campaign Friday at a Montgomery County union hall, saying that he would save and create middle-class jobs. Contending he would bring "sanity back into Congress," Pawlowski became the second candidate to officially draw a bead on Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, already in the crosshairs of national Democratic leaders. Pawlowski spoke to about 50 people at the Fort Washington office of the International Union of Operating Engineers, a group that represents 7,000 eastern Pennsylvania workers.
NEWS
April 19, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski launched a run for the U.S. Senate on Friday, setting up a Democratic primary against former Rep. Joe Sestak in a race crucial to their party's chances of taking back the Senate in 2016. Pawlowski pointed to his years leading Pennsylvania's third-largest city. "I look forward to listening to voters and sharing with them the story of success we've had in Allentown in solving real problems for real people," he said in a release announcing his campaign.
NEWS
April 16, 2015
ISSUE | SEN. MENENDEZ Friendship matters In its rush to judgment about the indictment of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), The Inquirer took mocking aim at one of the key legal issues and missed the mark ("Friendship and corruption," April 3). Despite the editors' skepticism, the difference between friendship and corruption will make all the difference. The senator says that he and Dr. Salomon Melgen have had a 20-year friendship, attending family events, vacationing, and doing what good friends do. The Justice Department's Public Integrity Section has charged Melgen with bribing the senator.
NEWS
April 12, 2015 | By Jessica Parks and Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writers
Montgomery County Board of Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro declined to address reports Friday that he has been asked to run against Joe Sestak for Pat Toomey's U.S. Senate seat. Sources have told The Inquirer and the Associated Press that Senate Democratic leaders, including Chuck Schumer of New York and Jon Tester of Montana, have talked to Shapiro about joining the race. Asked about those talks Friday, Shapiro responded: "How about we talk about our county budget surplus instead?"
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
LIGONIER, Pa. - It's 20 degrees out - and feels much colder - when Joe Sestak heads out of the Ramada Inn into the darkness just after 6 a.m. He chews on a spongy hotel bagel, plain and dry, and treks through a sleeping downtown. Turning onto Route 30, he walks uphill against traffic on the highway shoulder, about 50 miles east of Pittsburgh. The 63-year-old Senate candidate wears jeans, his signature olive flight jacket, and a yellow safety vest. Save for a reporter, he is alone, and he carries only what fits in his pockets.
NEWS
March 12, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) added his signature to the hotly debated letter to Iranian leaders warning them that any nuclear deal they strike with President Obama might not last. "This letter is an extension of Sen. Toomey's long and active record of engagement in the effort to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons," a Toomey spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail late Monday. "It's critical that the Iranians know that a bad deal that fails to win congressional approval is a deal that will not stand for long.
NEWS
March 4, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Joe Sestak will formally launch his Senate campaign Wednesday at Independence Hall, he announced in a news release Monday. Sestak, a former admiral and Delaware County congressman, has long made clear that he intended to run for Senate in a bid to unseat Republican Pat Toomey in 2016. He has been fund-raising and making appearances across the state in hope of a rematch from their race in 2010. Sestak "is running to restore Americans' lost trust in their political leaders by being accountable to the people," said the announcement.
NEWS
February 21, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams hinted at a potential bid for U.S. Senate next year, as his party seeks a nominee to take on the incumbent, Republican Pat Toomey. "Anytime people talk about that, it's something you have to consider," Williams said Thursday in a telephone interview. He stressed that he is focused on his current job, but said being a senator might give him more chances to make an impact statewide. Supporting early childhood education or after-school programs, he said, "would really do a great job with helping us prevent crime.
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