The PA-17 primary is a pretty good parallel to the 2010 primary between Sen. Arlen Specter and Rep. Joe Sestak, but will the result be a repeat? Sestak hopes so. He’s rallying for Cartwright this weekend.
The rally will be at 1:00 PM Saturday April 21, 2012 at Easton Center Square, Northampton and 3rd Streets, in Easton.
PoliticsPA is seeking comment from Sestak about the race. So far this cycle, he has endorsed Rep. Jason Altmire against Rep. Mark Critz, occupy write-in candidate Nate Kleinman against Rep. Allyson Schwartz, and write-in candidate Karen Ramsburg against Rep. Bill Shuster.
In 2010, Specter was the long-time incumbent, whose strongest argument was his ability to bring home the bacon. He faced a challenge from the left after years of facing them from the right. So too, Holden, who backed Specter in that race.
Cartwright and wife Marion contributed $4,000 to Sestak’s 2010 general election bid for U.S. Senate.
Holden’s camp responded by noting the Congressman’s endorsements to date:
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United States Senator Bob Casey Jr.
Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner
Former United States Congressman Paul Kanjorski
Former United States Congressman Chris Carney
National Education Association
Pennsylvania Young Democrats
Pennsylvania State Education Association
Pennsylvania State Troopers Association
Schuylkill County Labor Council
Lehigh Valley Labor Council
Northeastern Pennsylvania Building Trades Council
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1319
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 847
United Steel Workers Local 9999
Scranton Federation of Teachers Local 1147
Lackawanna County Democratic Committee
Archbald Borough Democratic Committee
Jessup Borough Democratic Committee
Olyphant Borough Democratic Committee
State Senate John Blake
Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty
State Representative Ed Staback
Lackawanna County Sheriff John Szymanski
Former Lackawanna County Commissioner Joe Corcoran
Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds Evie Rafalko McNulty
Luzerne County Democratic Committee
State Senator John Yudichak
Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton
Wyoming Mayor Bob Boyer
Duryea Mayor Keith Moss
State Representative Mike Carroll
Wilkes-Barre City Controller Kathy Kane
Former State Representative Tom Tigue
Carbon County Democratic Committee Chairman William O’Gurek Jr.
Carbon County Commissioner William O’Gurek Sr.
Carbon County District Attorney Gary Dobias
Carbon County Recorder of Deeds Emmett McCall
Former Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Keith McCall
State Senator Lisa Boscola
State Representative Robert Freeman
Northampton County Democratic Committee Chairman Walt Garvin
Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli
Northampton County Controller Steve Barron
Easton Mayor Sal Panto
Easton Councilman Jeff Warren
Easton Councilman Ken Brown
Former State Representative Rich Grucela
Schuylkill County Democratic Committee
Schuylkill County Commissioner Gary Hess
Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts Steve Lukach
Schuylkill County District Attorney Karen Noon
Schuylkill County Sheriff Joe Groody
Pottsville Mayor John D.W. Reiley
State Representative Neal Goodman