Monday, July 13, 2009

Out with the old, In with the new

That is what the battle for the senate Democratic nomination will end up being about in Pennsylvania.

Again, I don't know if Obama/Biden made a wise pick in standing with and supporting Arlen Specter. For those who don't know who he is, he is the Republican that switched to the Democratic Party once the polling indicated that he would lose in his Republican Primary.

Enter Joe Sestak, a retired Navy Vice Admiral, a current congressman, and the one who is going to give Arlen Specter a run for his money.

President Obama and Vice President Biden will have to literally pull Specter across the finish line when this is said and done, I think. The words and battle lines are being drawn and Democrats are not that crazy about Specter jumping from one party to another because he was afraid of defeat.

There is something to "earning your way" that will be very relevant when the primaries come around for Specter. And Specter just has not earned his way here.

Verbal attacks are flying between Senator Arlen Specter and Representative Joe Sestak in the battle for the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania’s senate seat, suggesting that the contest will become one of the more vicious for next year’s midterm elections.

Mr. Specter, a moderate Republican who became a Democrat in April because he was losing badly in polls to conservative challenger Pat Toomey, issued his first response on Thursday to a steady drumbeat of recent attacks from Mr. Sestak.

Mr Specter called his opponent a “flagrant hypocrite” because, like Mr. Specter, he wasn’t always a member of the Democratic Party.

“Congressman Sestak is a flagrant hypocrite in challenging my being a real Democrat when he did not register as a Democrat until 2006 just in time to run for Congress,” Mr. Specter said in a statement. “His lame excuse for avoiding party affiliation, because he was in the service, is undercut by his documented disinterest in the political process,” he said, citing records that show Mr. Sestak voted in just 12 out of 35 elections from 1971-2005.

On Monday, Mr. Sestak fired back in an e-mail message to supporters.

“Arlen has decided to start running his ‘GOP negative style campaign’ against us!” Mr. Sestak said. He was a registered Independent during his 35-year naval career, he said, “because, like Generals Colin Powell and Wesley Clark - who were also registered as Independents, I believe it is important that military officers should be nonpartisan.” read more here....


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