Sestak Backs Altmire

Former Congressman and 2010 Senate candidate Joe Sestak threw his support behind Rep. Jason Altmire Monday in his battle with colleague Mark Critz.

“Today I’m proud to endorse Jason Altmire’s re-election campaign.  Having served with Congressman Altmire, I have witnessed first-hand his commitment to putting western Pennsylvania’s needs first,” Sestak said. “He is a relentless advocate for veterans, a workhorse for his constituents, and a reliably levelheaded voice for our party. Jason is the strongest candidate to win this election in November, and western Pennsylvania needs him in Washington.”

“I am honored to receive Admiral Sestak’s endorsement,” said Altmire. “He bravely served his country in the U.S. Navy and was a strong, independent voice for Pennsylvanians during his time in Congress.  I am extremely grateful to have his support, and look forward to working with him in the future on behalf of western Pennsylvanians.”

Sestak and Altmire entered Congress together in the freshman class of 2006. Sestak declined to seek re-election in 2010, instead pursuing a bid for U.S. Senate.

Altmire has scored endorsements from most of the county Democratic parties and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Critz has the support of every major union in the district and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Critz also picked up a high profile endorsement from former President Bill Clinton on Thursday.

Sestak has made a few other congressional endorsement this cycle, including Nate Kleinman, the ‘occupy’ protester running a write-in campaign against Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Montco); and Karen Ramsburg, who is mounting a write-in campaign against Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Blair).

April 16th, 2012 | Posted in Congress, Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 9 Comments

9 thoughts on “Sestak Backs Altmire”

  1. ex critz constituent says:

    Critz is nothing more than a phony regarding supporting the military. The problem of sexual asssault and rape is an epic problem and he ignored a case and serves on the Armed Forces committee. The Marine in question had criminal past and Critz is aware of this and has ignored evidence.
    http://www.citizensagainstmarkcritz.com

  2. Tom says:

    Sestak and Altmire: both total phonies who would just as happily have been Republicans were the lines not shorter for Democrats in the places they found themselves.

  3. rdog says:

    WOW A SESTAK ENDORSEMENT! THE ADMIRAL LOST EVERY PART OF THE NEW 12TH BUT ALLEGHENY. LOBBYIST ALTMIRE LOOKS SMELLS AND VOTES LIKE A REPUBLICAN. HEY DOM CAN YOU GIVE ME DIRECTIONS TO THAT REPUBLICAN LOBBY SHOP SO I CAN PHONE BANK FOR MY FAVORITE PHONY DEMOCRAT!!

  4. Altmire is not a True Blue Democrat. Look for Altmire to switch parties in 2013. Altmire is a using GOP Lobbying firm for phone banks, and campaign donations

  5. LOBBYIST ALTMIRE STOP WITH YOUR FICTITIOUS TV ADS. JASON YOU ARE MORE K STREET THAN MAIN STREET! WESTERN PA MIDDLE CLASS VOTERS DON’T BE DECEIVED BY LOBBYIST ALTMIRE. HIS SPECIAL INTEREST DONORS ALWAYS COME FIRST!

  6. Alan says:

    If this hits mainstream press it might just eliminate any votes in the GOP primary that
    Steve Obama Welch had. Remember Obama Welch is Sestak’s boy!

  7. Dom L. says:

    Evidently the Admiral knows Jason has worked tirelessly for veterans. And the Admiral is widely popular in Beaver County and in Pittsburgh’s North Hills. This is a HUGE GET!!!

  8. David Diano says:

    Since Altmire represents about 60% of the redrawn district, he has about a 60-40 built in advantage of incumbency. Given that, I think Altmire can survive being endorsed by Sestak.

    Sestak DID get his ass handed to him by Toomey in Westmoreland. Dems outnumber Reps in WestM, but Sestak got a crushing defeat there, and the Dems there don’t like him.

  9. Reality says:

    The Admiral confirms what a ton of veterans in Beaver County already know. Veterans trust Altmire, he has been an amazing advocate.

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