Joe Sestak’s New Press Bio: Bigger, Longer, Uncut

By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor

Former Congressman and Senate candidate Joe Sestak is famous for his prolific and detailed press releases, each capped off by a lengthy bio statement.

Now Sestak is back with a new bio statement to show for his 2010 experience, explaining his success relative to many PA Democrats.

It comes in first place with 259 words to the 238 words of the previous edition.

Here’s the bio from the latest email sent out by the Sestak camp:

“Former 3-star Admiral Joe Sestak served in the Navy for 31 years and then as the highest ranking military officer ever elected to Congress when he represented Pennsylvania’s Seventh Congressional District from 2007-2010. He commanded an aircraft carrier battle group that conducted operations in Afghanistan and Iraq with 30 U.S. and allied ships and more than 15,000 sailors and 100 aircraft. Prior to that, Joe served as President Clinton’s Director for Defense Policy on the National Security Council and the first Director of the Navy’s anti-terrorism unit after 9/11.

“In 2006, Joe defeated a ten-term incumbent in his home District, which was 55 percent Republican. As a member of the Armed Services and Education & Labor Committees, and as Vice Chairman of the Small Business Committee, Joe would have ten pieces of legislation signed into law. In his first term, he was named the most productive member of his freshman class by the Majority Leader’s Office.

“Joe ran for U.S. Senate in 2010, bucking the entire Democratic Party leadership because he believed Pennsylvanians deserved a leader who would always put their interests first, even ahead of his party. Against all odds, he rallied from an initial 40 point deficit to win the nomination over a 30-year incumbent. After the primary, Joe continued to run as the candidate with a pragmatic, independent approach in a Senate election decided by only two points in a year when the party lost the governor’s race by 9 points and lost five Pennsylvania Congressional seats by 8 points or more.”

For your reference, here is the former statement:

“Joe Sestak was elected to Congress in 2006 after a distinguished 31-year career in the United States Navy, and he is honored to represent the Southeastern Pennsylvania district where he was born and raised. He is a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat from Pennsylvania.  During his Navy career, Joe attained the rank of 3-star Admiral, served in the White House as Director for Defense Policy on President Clinton’s National Security Council, served in the Pentagon as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, and led a series of operational commands at sea, culminating in command of the USS George Washington Aircraft Carrier Battle Group (30 ships, 100 aircraft, and 15,000 sailors/marines/aviators/SEALs) during combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. In our nation’s time of crisis in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the Navy turned to Joe Sestak to serve as the first Director of “Deep Blue,” the Navy anti-terrorism unit formed in response to the attacks. Joe is the highest-ranking former military officer ever elected to either branch of Congress. He graduated second in his class from the U.S. Naval Academy and holds a Master’s in Public Administration and a PhD in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University. Joe lives in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Susan, and daughter, Alex, and proudly represents the 7th District, where his mother and many of his seven siblings still reside.”

February 28th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories | 8 Comments

8 thoughts on “Joe Sestak’s New Press Bio: Bigger, Longer, Uncut”

  1. philomena stewart says:

    was he forced to retire because he was passed over for promotion and had to retire and if so he didn:t leave the navy in order to take care of his sick little girl like in the commercial he has on tv

  2. Sportmac says:

    So, here’s a guy that is supposedly a democrat and who met with union leaders and blah blah blah and is notorious for losing staff and demanding long long long hours and being verbally abusive. what’s wrong with that picture?

    “practice what you preach” come to mind?

    this kind of “boss” is the very reason unions came about. for him to actually sit down with union leaders like he understands is ridiculous.

    if you can’t walk the walk…

  3. Larry Gallagher says:

    It used to be the higher rank officers were bumpted up one grade before retiring to get higher pensions. Joe Sestak was bumped down from 3-star to 2-star just prior to retirement. Was he bumped down because he was not doing the great job he brags about? I thnk he did retire as a 2-star.

  4. Sestak is Garbage says:

    Joe Sestak is a piece of garbage. Is it me or does anybody else find it disturbing that he would issue a press release bragging about how in 2010 he lost by a lesser margin than the rest of the Democratic Candidate while also highlighting the seat that Democrats lost in Congress. The guy is a self serving jackass and hopefully Democrats reject him again if he attempts to run for any other office. Beside rumor has it that Sestak doesn’t even live in PA anymore. He is truly a piece of garbage. And any Democrat that would support this scumbag going forward should be kicked out of the party.

  5. David Diano says:

    Anonymous Su- Sestak needed to get a life outside of PA, like back in Virginia with his wife and kid.

  6. Su says:

    Dave Diano,

    Enough! Get a life.

  7. David Diano says:

    Joe fails to mention how he REFUSED to participate in a coordinated campaign with the State party and GOTV efforts. In his own 7th District, Sestak’s campaign placed GOTV door-hangers with ONLY Joe listed, while the understaffed Lentz campaign put out door-hangers with the ENTIRE ticket. Joe removed the word “Democrat” from his ads and t-shirts once he won the Primary. It’s no wonder that Sestak’s political nickname is “Traitor Joe”.

    Why is this guy putting out press releases? He’s not an elected official and he claims he’s not running for office. Yet, he has a paid spokesperson (possibly paid out of his Senate campaign fund) and, as reported here at PoliticsPA, he and his staff were overheard discussing a run for Governor. Now, I’m no legal expert, but I’m pretty sure that using Federal dollars to go around campaign for a state office is an FEC violation. I really hope some reporters look into this and ask EXACTLY why Joe needs a spokesperson and what funds are paying for press-releases, travel around the state, etc.
    As for the press release, I’d make the following edit: “Former 3-star Admiral Joe Sestak served in the Navy for 31 years.. and was finally kicked out for his disgraceful abuse of his subordinates and retired as a two-star”.

    MEMO TO JOE: Your 15-minutes of fame is up. If you want to be chauffeured around, hire a driver out of your own pocket and not taxpayer or donor funds.

  8. Where does he mention he isn’t in elective office at the present time?

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