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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 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
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
August 17, 2010 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writer
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a political independent, visited Philadelphia this morning to endorse Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Joe Sestak. At a news conference in the parking lot at Progress Plaza in North Philadelphia, the mayor declared, "A vote for Joe is a vote for leadership, for independence and the results this nation needs. " Sestak said, "I'd like to serve with the same practical businesslike approach as Mayor Bloomberg, and let the political consequences fall where they may. " The two went into the Fresh Grocer for cheesesteaks.
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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
July 4, 2013 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Alan Kessler has shaken money trees for Bill and Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Ed Rendell, and countless other Democrats. David L. Cohen, executive vice president of Comcast Corp. and chief of staff when Rendell was mayor, moves in the same circles. He even hosted a 2011 campaign fund-raiser for President Obama at his West Mount Airy home. Now, the two Democratic powers are cosponsoring a $5,200-a-ticket fund-raiser at Cohen's place for a Republican - U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
NEWS
March 5, 2013
THE LONGER the insanity (doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result) plays out in Washington, the saner Pat Toomey sounds. And as the freshman Republican in his third Senate year emerges as a leading voice on money matters, the better he looks. Why? Toomey is controlled, concise and sounds sensible. Contrast that with the angry-older-GOP of Mitch McConnell, John McCain and John Boehner. It's a contrast. With multiple polls putting congressional Republicans' job-approval ratings at 19 to 25 percent and President Obama's at 49 to 55 percent, it's a contrast Republicans should note.
NEWS
December 8, 2012 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Democratic U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz has hired the state party's finance director for her own political operation, an indication the longtime congresswoman is seriously thinking about a run for the nomination to take on Gov. Corbett in 2014. Aubrey Montgomery, whose fund-raising is credited with putting Pennsylvania Democrats on a sound fiscal footing, informed her colleagues she was leaving in an e-mail Wednesday night. "While my time as a PA Dems staff member will be coming to an end, my commitment to the operation we've built, and the reputation we've earned, will continue as I move into this new role," Montgomery wrote.
NEWS
August 9, 2012
By Harold I. Gullan Much about the compelling 2010 race for one of Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate seats could inform both of the current presidential campaigns. Among its lessons: Define your opponent: Republican Pat Toomey, the eventual winner, successfully did so. By investing much of his advertising budget early, Toomey branded Democratic nominee Joe Sestak as "too liberal" for Pennsylvania before Sestak could brand Toomey as "too conservative," putting Sestak on the defensive.
NEWS
April 15, 2012 | By Tom Infield and Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writers
  So who's the real Republican running in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate? Pennsylvania GOP voters are being hit with that question as two of the candidates in the April 24 primary bash each other for past associations with the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates. It's a charge of heresy that could resonate with Republican primary voters in a year when, analysts say, those voters seem more than ever to be seeking ideological purity. Candidate Steve Welch, a Chester County venture capitalist, has been on the offensive against rival Tom Smith of Western Pennsylvania, a former coal-mine owner who was a Democrat for decades and switched parties last year before starting his Senate campaign.
NEWS
January 15, 2012 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
Arlen Specter, who turns 82 on Feb. 12, played a significant role in the American politics of a past generation, and he doesn't want us to forget. That, essentially, is the purpose of the former U.S. senator's new memoir - that and decrying "intolerance and political correctness" in Washington, dallying a bit in gossip (he recounts hearing a penis joke or two), and settling a few old scores. He recalls every triumph and every slight, particularly a snub from President Obama during his failed 2010 effort to win nomination for a sixth term.
NEWS
October 28, 2011 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
In Delaware County, where Republicans have had a 32-year lock on county government, the question this year is whether Democrats can loosen that stranglehold. Up for grabs are three out of five County Council seats, the office of district attorney, and five Court of Common Pleas judgeships. Though it has held sway in Delaware County for decades, the GOP has seen its base slip dramatically over time, from 78 percent of registered voters in 1970 to 45 percent this year, just two percentage points ahead of the Democrats.
NEWS
August 25, 2011 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Straight-shooting, brash-talking, big of heart, deep of pocket, Joey Vento was a complicated simple guy who embraced America-first politics, hard work, homeless families, and Elton John. A self-made millionaire, Vento built up Geno's, his loud and proud cheesesteak business, from a dilapidated shop on the wedged corner of Ninth and Passyunk, a few blocks from his childhood home. When he died Tuesday at 71, at home in bed, having beaten back colon cancer but losing to a massive heart attack, he left the legacy of a man who didn't waste time worrying about nuance or consistency or whatever other people might think of him. He gained a national reputation for his famous sign asking patrons to order in English, and cannily fed his image as a commonsense voice of red-blooded Americans.
NEWS
December 19, 2010 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
After being enticed to run by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2009, Joe Sestak was then urged to exit the race by the White House, the governor, and virtually every political boss in Pennsylvania to make way for Arlen Specter, the 30-year Washington veteran and recovering Republican. Perhaps they had forgotten Sestak had been a three-star admiral. The pace was numbing. Between January and the May 18 primary, the Delaware County congressman made 652 campaign appearances.
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