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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.
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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
April 28, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Maddie Hanna, and Aubrey Whelan, STAFF WRITERS
Katie McGinty won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, beating Joe Sestak with a late surge fueled by millions of dollars and high-profile party support from Washington. With nearly three-quarters of the vote counted, McGinty held a double-digit lead over Sestak, a margin far larger than many pollsters and insiders predicted. Braddock Mayor John Fetterman had a big showing in his home county, Allegheny, but finished third. McGinty's win was a victory for the Democratic establishment, whose endorsements and spending elevated a candidate with deep party roots but who had never won an election and had lagged in polls until the primary's final stretch.
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
May 2, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Sestak principles My dad taught his children to stand up for what they believed, no matter how uncomfortable. None of the accomplishments of my brother, Joe Sestak, have made me more proud than his journey this year. My hope is that Joe and people like him give others hope and encouragement to stand for what they believe. And, just as important, may those beliefs always be spoken with truth. |Ann Sestak Bielli, West Chester
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May 5, 2016 | By John Baer
NOW THAT (hopefully) most yard signs are gone and there's (maybe) some respite from TV ads, let's take a breath and think about this thing we call democracy. And, yeah, technically it's not a true democracy, but a democratic republic in which we freely elect representatives to govern on our behalf. Whatever you call it, in Pennsylvania, I call it problematic. Far too many of "we the people" opt out, and our government's far too complicit in helping us do so. Consider last week's primary.
NEWS
May 2, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Sestak principles My dad taught his children to stand up for what they believed, no matter how uncomfortable. None of the accomplishments of my brother, Joe Sestak, have made me more proud than his journey this year. My hope is that Joe and people like him give others hope and encouragement to stand for what they believe. And, just as important, may those beliefs always be spoken with truth. |Ann Sestak Bielli, West Chester
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April 29, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Staff Writer
Pennsylvania stretches about 400 miles, but the tale of Democrats' U.S. Senate primary was told in two cities. Backed by the party's biggest names and money, Katie McGinty on Tuesday scored a huge win in Philadelphia. Unofficial results show she topped her chief rival, Joe Sestak, by 46,500 votes in the city - nearly a third of her overall victory margin. On the other side of the state, the hulking mayor of Braddock, John Fetterman, who created buzz with his antiestablishment style, racked up a surprise win in his home county of Allegheny, and drew more than twice as many votes statewide as polls suggested he would.
NEWS
April 28, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Maddie Hanna, and Aubrey Whelan, STAFF WRITERS
Katie McGinty won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, beating Joe Sestak with a late surge fueled by millions of dollars and high-profile party support from Washington. With nearly three-quarters of the vote counted, McGinty held a double-digit lead over Sestak, a margin far larger than many pollsters and insiders predicted. Braddock Mayor John Fetterman had a big showing in his home county, Allegheny, but finished third. McGinty's win was a victory for the Democratic establishment, whose endorsements and spending elevated a candidate with deep party roots but who had never won an election and had lagged in polls until the primary's final stretch.
NEWS
April 27, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, STAFF WRITER
The vice president slipped into a booth at the Mayfair Diner next to a trio of middle-aged women. "I don't mean to interrupt you," he said, grinning. "In fact, I did mean to interrupt you. " For the next half-hour, Biden worked the tables inside the narrow diner on Frankford Avenue with his trademark charm. He was on hand to campaign for U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty, who introduced herself to diners as "a good Northeast girl" with the accent to prove it. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D, Pa.)
NEWS
April 27, 2016 | By Stu Bykofsky
YOU KNOW what today is, right? ASPCA Help a Horse Day. And Pennsylvania Primary Day. (Also Delaware, Maryland, Connecticut and Rhode Island, but we are the Big Enchilada.) This year, for a change, despite our late-to-the-party primary, Pennsylvania can be the La Brea tar pit for Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich. The dance can end here. After the drubbing Sanders and Cruz took in the Vampire State - oops, Empire State - a Keystone State loss will be an insurmountable roadblock for the senators, who are playing hardball, and for the governor, who is playing Yahtzee.
NEWS
April 25, 2016 | By Alan Novak and T.J. Rooney
Currents political commentators Alan Novak and T.J. Rooney on what to look for in Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary, from the top of the ticket to local races. Alan Novak is a former chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania T.J. Rooney is a former chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party N ovak: I am just fascinated by the run-up to the Republican convention. I'll be watching which of the unbound delegates get elected in each congressional district. Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich are all reaching out, schmoozing, and working to get representatives to gatherings where delegates might attend.
NEWS
April 25, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Rendell & Co. set sights on Sestak Remember when Ed Rendell's good friend and neighbor, Sen. Arlen Specter, switched to the Democratic Party to avoid another primary contest with Pat Toomey in 2010? And how distressed then-Gov. Rendell and the rest of the Democratic establishment were when that upstart congressman, Joe Sestak, defeated Specter in the Democratic primary? Now, in what could be called Rendell's Revenge, the party bigwigs have thrown their support behind a lackluster candidate, Katie McGinty, who placed last in a field of four in the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary ("McGinty the best Democrat for Senate seat," Monday)
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.
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