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Received this e-mail today from from decorated Admiral and former Congressman Joe Sestak (D. PA) who compares and contrasts his strong, pro-middle class record in Congress to Tea Party U.S. Senator Pat Toomey's (R. PA) extreme right-wing voting record:
President Lincoln told Congress in 1861 that the:

“substance of government…is to elevate the condition of men – to lift artificial weights from all shoulders – to clear the paths of laudable pursuit for all – to afford all an unfettered start, and a fair chance, in the race of life.”

But today, we are "a house divided". With one side shutting down government, and the other side botching the implementation of health care, how can people be expected to trust government’s stewardship?

This is why I am seeking the Senate:  our nation yearns for leadership that is accountable -- to the people, not to party – regaining trust through concrete accomplishments that “afford all an unfettered start in the race of life.”  And that is the difference between Senator Toomey and me:

The difference is clear: if you agree with restoring accountability in Washington, I ask your help in this last fundraising quarter of the year. If you have contributed, please consider matching your previous contribution -- it is that important. If you haven't done so, I ask you to contribute and forward this commitment of accountability to your friends to help us restore the legacy of Lincoln's governance.

http://joesestak.com/...

Respectfully,

Joe Sestak

You can click here to donate to Sestak's campaign:
http://joesestak.com/...

Originally posted to pdc on Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 07:49 AM PST.

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  •  I love Joe Sestak (11+ / 0-)

    and really, really, really want him to win this seat.

    Thanks for keeping us informed.  

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 07:57:11 AM PST

  •  Go go Admiral Joe! (5+ / 0-)
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    theKgirls, science nerd, weck, dewtx, Mostel26

    I think he will prevail in the rematch Toomey only got 51% in the R "wave" of 2010 and in a Presidential year Joe's odds look much, much better.

    I met Joe years ago when we were both involved in high school Forensics in Philadelphia. When I first saw him on TV a few years ago, I said, "I know that guy!" Chris Matthews will give him plenty of airtime.

  •  I'm glad Joe is running again (6+ / 0-)

    That was a heartbreaker when he lost.

    Let's hope the people of Pennsylvania are wiser this time.

    “Americans are fighters. We're tough, resourceful and creative, and if we have the chance to fight on a level playing field, where everyone pays a fair share and everyone has a real shot, then no one - no one - can stop us. ”-- Elizabeth Warren

    by Positronicus on Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 08:14:29 AM PST

  •  So, it'll be a Sestak/Toomey rematch? (1+ / 0-)
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    weck

    Are there any other Democrats running in the primary?

    Because, even though 2010 was a terrible year for Democrats, I thought Sestak ran a terrible campaign. I thought he should have won this race.

    Wait a minute? 2010? Why is this seat even up before 2016? Or is Sestak just getting a REALLY early start in the campaign?

    "I was not born for myself alone, but for my neighbor as well as myself."--Richard Overton, leader of the Levellers, a17th C. movement for democracy and equality during the English Civil War. http://www.kynect.ky.gov/ for healthcare coverage in Kentucky

    by SouthernLeveller on Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 08:48:15 AM PST

    •  He didn't run a terrible campaign. He went out to (2+ / 0-)
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      marina, Mostel26

      every county and he had some of the best campaign ads, like this one:

      Joe had his bumps in the road, sure, but he very narrowly lost in a bad year from Democrats.  He's getting a very early head start now because he has to raise a lot of money against Wall Street Toomey.  As for the deficit plan, a bunch of Dems who wouldn't have voted for a cloture vote because the original plan had a lot of needed tax increases at the time.  You are not going to find a more liberal Democrat than Sestak.  Not even A.G. Kathleen Kane who is great but isn't a fan of marijuana legalization or decriminalization.  Joe is the best and he will get his revenge in 2016.  The only mistake that I think he made was trying to compare Toomey to Christine O'Donnell because of the Tea Party support.  Toomey's in the same boat as O'Donnell but Toomey is much, much smoother and was able to dupe some moderate voters and old school Dems that he was one of the reasonable Republicans.  Sestak's ads comparing Toomey to Bush and Santorum were effective though.

      Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

      by poopdogcomedy on Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 09:11:04 AM PST

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  •  The issue comparison says: (0+ / 0-)

    Sestak supported the National Bipartisan Debt Commission recommendations to reduce the national debt. Umm, is that Simpson/Bowles? The infamous CATFOOD COMMISSION?

    PLEASE tell me that a more liberal Democrat will run in the 2016 Primary!

    "I was not born for myself alone, but for my neighbor as well as myself."--Richard Overton, leader of the Levellers, a17th C. movement for democracy and equality during the English Civil War. http://www.kynect.ky.gov/ for healthcare coverage in Kentucky

    by SouthernLeveller on Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 08:52:39 AM PST

  •  PA is gonna be key in 2014 (3+ / 0-)
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    marina, dewtx, Mostel26

    There are a number of very important elections in PA for the upcoming cycle - those of us who live in PA need to get busy, and the time is now.

    A number of congressional seats are in play, and the current governor Corbett (R) is in a very vulnerable position.

    Thanks for shedding light on this race!

    The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. - Albert Einstein

    by ERdoc in PA on Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 08:55:35 AM PST

    •  ERDoc please note (1+ / 0-)
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      Mostel26

      The Toomey/Sestak rematch (if it comes to pass) will be in 2016. 2014 will time to throw out Corbett and take seats in the Legislature and Congress. Tough, but doable. At least throw out Corbett and elect statewide Democrats.

      •  apologies (1+ / 0-)
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        Mostel26

        My post was a bit too hasty - what I meant was "Sestak race is key, but also..... PA is gonna be key in 2014 as well"

        thanks for the heads-up correction, much appreciated!

        The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. - Albert Einstein

        by ERdoc in PA on Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 11:15:47 AM PST

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