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The Specter of Specter Going Down In PA

It would be the perfect ending to Specter’s desperate attempt to hold on to his office by switching parties. TPM is reporting:

Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) is privately telling supporters that he intends to run for Senate, TPMDC has confirmed.

“He intends to get in the race,” says Meg Infantino, the Congressman’s sister, who works at Sestak for Congress. “In the not too distant future, he will sit down with his wife and daughter to make the final decision.”

The move would constitute a primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), who intends to run for re-election in 2010, after having switched parties earlier this year.

Sestak is a retired Navy Admiral in a time when that’s a very good thing to be, especially if your primary opponent is Arlen Specter. I have no idea how a state wide race would shape up for the two sides, but in a Democratic primary I can’t help but believe Sestak would trounce Specter. And deservedly so. Everything I’m reading is PA Dems are having a very hard time warming up to Specter. Think about it, how can you take seriously a guy who switched parties simply because he knew he’d get killed in a Republican primary and claimed he never promised to be “a good Democrat?”


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8 Responses to The Specter of Specter Going Down In PA

  • There are already polls how showing Specter with about a 54 to 25 lead on Sestak.

    Don’t get too happy over that clown, he is a total Clintonista toad and was booted by the Navy to the White House when nobody could work with that political climbing backstabber.

    He is also known for having about the highest turnover of staff in congress because he seems to think he is still an Admiral and can tell people to give up their entire life to his cause.

    I know him from personal life I won’t go in to and my opinion of him is ‘less than great’ to say the least.

    • Sestak isn’t even officially in the race. Let’s wait until he actually gets in the race before we give polls comparing he and Sestak any credibility.

  • I’m happy to see that the slightly more moderate than left Specter gets challedgeded by a lefty like Sestak.
    Caught him on some show last night saying that he intends to run.

    Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (DCNO) Vice Adm. Joseph Sestak was “administratively reassigned” July 25 by new Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen, according to Rear Adm. T. McCreary, chief of naval information.
    “Rear Adm. Mark Edwards, currently serving as director of the Surface Warfare Division, will serve as the acting DCNO until such time as a relief can be identified, nominated and confirmed,” McCreary said.
    A source within the Navy Department said there were no allegations of misconduct on the part of Sestak. Rather, he said, the move is being made because of poor command climate.
    “Command climate and how people exercise their leadership responsibilities are key priorities for Admiral Mullen,” the source said, “and this position is one of the key jobs that will help determine the success of the Navy, its people, and its future force structure.”


    It took the new Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Mike Mullen, less than 24 hours to dump one of the most disliked officers among the Navy’s top brass.  Vice-Admiral Joe Sestak, an arrogant and obnoxious “bully-boy,” who delighted in being rude and unreasonable and getting away with it, found he was expendable the minute his mentor went out the door.

    Rumsfeld “yes-man” and weaselly politician Vern Clark will not be missed by many Navy personnel.  In fact, hopeful messages are flooding the office of that “maybe, somehow,” the Navy has finally gotten a CNO who will “put sailors first” and correct the many mistakes of his predecessor.  

    It was Clark, a leftover from the Clinton Administration, who promoted Sestak to his third-star and made him deputy chief of naval operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs. Those who dared to complain about Sestak’s abusive “management style” were ignored or punished.

  • The only thing that could give the PA Senate seat to the Rs is a primary fight that causes a split.

    I live in Sestak’s district, PA-7, and voted for him last election.  One year in the House and he wants to jump to the Senate.  Dude, you have to earn it.  I hope the Rs in this district put up somebody reasonable, I’m ready to see Sestak off now.

  • As a conservative where do I donate to sestak’s primary run.  Anythnig to get specter out of there.

  • I would suggest that the treatment of Specter by the Democrats speaks as loudly as the treatment of Liberman by the Demorcats, to the question of what they really think of ipartisanship.  Think about this the next time you hear Democrats talking about how Republicans need to be more bipartisan. Seems the Democrtas know the value of going to their base, after all.

    Now… do the Republicans, I wonder?

  • I don’t know Sestak’s military career.  And I’m sure he served honorable and admirably.

    But I have paid attention to his political career.  And as much as I dislike Specter, I think I’d much rather see him in there as opposed to Sestak.

    Every time I’ve seen or read anything from Sestak, he is towing the party line as though he was towing a dinghy.  I guess it’s all those years as being apart of a battle group.

    Specter, like him or hate him, would at least throw a few monkey wrenches in the Dem’s agenda.


  • Republicans are so glad this old goat turned his coat.  He would have been such a liability next fall for the GOP.  As it turns out, he might even get whacked in the Democrat primary.  That would deprive us of seeing him lose to a real Republican.

    The GOP is thrilled to see him go, though.   (for a top ten list of reasons Republicans are happy you can look at:  )

    Specter’s defection should allow Republicans to raise money without the anger that he generated by defecting on the Stimulus bill.  GOP brand purity is important as we try to rebuild.  We just have to do something now about the two Maine ladies.