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After a nearly two year gap my old Congressman, Joe Sestak is back to posting on here. He’s put up a series of articles over the past two weeks, and I’m hoping that he’ll be on a ballot near me soon.

I live in PA-07 and had the honor and privilege of being served by Joe Sestak as my Congressman for 4 years.  Although my “huge” donation of $40 to his Senate campaign was not enough to get him the win vs. Toomey, it was nice to see Admiral Sestak come so close to beating every poll and prediction that had him losing the race. I am now stuck with Pat Toomey as one of my Senators and Pat Meehan as my Congressman. Toomey, as the king of the club for growth, represents as bad of a Senator as one can have. Meehan, although a horrible rep for PA-07, is somewhat less sinister than Toomey and really represents the newest Delaware County, PA Republican Party hack. Not good times in sunny ole’ Delco for a progressive.
Where this leaves me is that I’m excited to see Admiral Sestak getting active again. Putting Meehan out on his butt in 2012 and getting a Democrat back in the PA-07 seat would be great. A link on here has some “interesting” news on Sestak’s possible run for his old seat:

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12:24 PM PT: PA-07: Dem ex-Rep. Joe Sestak, in the news because of his opposition to the Pennsylvania GOP's electoral college plan, is also saying he isn't ruling out another run for elective office — which is exactly what he said in February when he was last asked. Back then, though, the speculation was that he might run for governor in 2014. Now, PoliticsPA is suggesting a return to his old seat in the 7th CD could be in the cards, and adds that local politicos and potential candidates are all playing wait-and-see.

One major unknown is what will happen with PA-07 as part of the redistricting process. Rumor has it that a good slice of the “D” part of Delaware County will be pushed into Bob Brady’s very Democratic PA-01. I’m not sure if that destroys any Democrat’s ability to win PA-07 if it gets more red/red-neck by adding some of Joe Pitts’ or Jim Gerlach’s turf in Chester County. Any Democrat trying to knock out Mike Fitzpatrick up in Bucks County might face a similar problem. If any Democrat can win back a more red PA-07 I think it is Joe Sestak.

I’m hoping that Sestak’s reemergence on here means that he’ll be back running for PA-07 again.

Originally posted to Mostel26 on Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 03:52 PM PDT.

Also republished by Progressive Hippie.


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  •  it's worth considering (3+ / 0-)
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    Mostel26, James Allen, MartyM

    If the GOP has any common sense, they'll at least take Swarthmore out of PA-7.

    I do hope Congressman Sestak runs for something.

    •  I'm in Media (0+ / 0-)

      So we might be part of what goes into PA-01 on the new map. It'll be a "fun" map for sure. The only positive of more of Democratic Delaware County, Democratic Bucks County,and Democratic Montgomery County going with Fattah, Brady, and Schwartz is that it would flip a few state house seats to the Democrats. If we get 6 or 7 of them, the PA House is ours again.

  •  Joe Sestak also recently became only the third (6+ / 0-)

    member of congress (though former) to post a comment in a diary other than his own, after Brad Miller (who was the first to do so) and Jared Polis.

    I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate, perhaps that's what no one wants to see. -6.38, -4.15

    by James Allen on Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 04:04:27 PM PDT

  •  He seems like fine Executive Branch material (1+ / 0-)
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    The President should give him a job.  He lost to Pat Toomey so he's disqualified from statewide electoral politics as far as I'm concerned.  

    The Rent Is Too Damn High Party feels that if you want to marry a shoe, I'll marry you. --Jimmy McMillan

    by Rich in PA on Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 04:26:23 PM PDT

  •  My thoughts. (1+ / 0-)
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    It pained me to see how badly joe failed to connect with pa's budding working class anger as the 2010 campaign churned toward election day. He seemed to say the same types of things, only louder.

    I remain hopeful that joe can find his inner angry warehouse worker / steel plant laborer / slate miner / coal miner before he jumps back into campaign mode as a challenger.

    Also, I know of a few people who wanted every single policy position of joe's but one, and that one issue was make or break. And it broke against joe. And it didn't have to.

    See, I live at the edge of the state, but I've got lots of family out in the boonies. A couple decades ago when I was a kid, there was a family reunion to celebrate great great grandpa's 100th birthday. 100 years old and the guy was still living in a three room cabin, heated by a potbelly wood stove, no running water, outhouse about fifty feet off the back of the house, rifle and shotgun standing up in the corner.

    That one issue that broke folks off of joe and sent them to toomey? Firearms. Michigan in second place has about a million licensed hunters. PA beats them by 30%, no small number to claim first place. Michigan - again in second place - comes in at about 675K resident firearm hunters. PA gives MI a trouncing by leading them by nearly 50%.

    So, when joe says anything about making more gun laws, when we've already made all the wrongful actions illegal and have already enacted an unconstitutional statewide gun registry (back door 'unofficial' PICS registry where they keep all transfer info forever) and already created a way to discriminate against 'urban' people (read: blacks) through allowing someone in a "city of the first class" (philadelphia) to have rights withheld just because of where they live... When joe talks about more laws on top of these, he is taking voters from the "red" areas and giving them a reason to stay away.

    Damn it, before 2010 I was hoping PA would get past the embarrassment of introducing rick santorum to the national stage. After 2010 I was not at all pleased to face the possibility of adding toomey to that list.

    "I must confess, when I see anyone with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat to the gene pool." - Republican Congressman Allen West (FL-22) Rawstory Source

    by JayFromPA on Thu Sep 22, 2011 at 02:52:42 AM PDT

    •  Interesting take (0+ / 0-)

      None of the gun business got played up in the Philadelphia media market. Was there a lot of reporting on this coming out of the election in smaller media markets? I'd love to read more on it.

      •  Hardly any reporting at all. (0+ / 0-)

        Much like the wall street occupation, hardly any attention at all. Much like the people who were yelling about the housing bubble mid-200s or credit default swaps - hardly any attention.

        I saw plenty of political ads for philly promoting what could be characterized as a gun free PA. Get that anywhere near folks toward the middle of the state that require a gun to ease the food burden off the wallet and "those city slickers people are taking my food off my table, and that navy officer what's been away at sea his whole life is like to let 'em do it." becomes as simple of a solution as 2 + 2 = 4

        But reporting on the substance, when there wasn't any visible heat? The key term being 'visible'. Nope.

        "I must confess, when I see anyone with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat to the gene pool." - Republican Congressman Allen West (FL-22) Rawstory Source

        by JayFromPA on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 03:56:31 AM PDT

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