As His Fellow Democrats Denounce Largest Tax Hike In American History, Why Is Joe Sestak Standing With Obama-Pelosi Economic Agenda?

WASHINGTON – With national unemployment hovering near 10 percent, a growing number of Democrats are abandoning embattled liberal U.S. Representative Joe Sestak (D-PA) and their Washington leaders as the Obama Administration prepares to allow for the largest job-killing tax increase in American history.

Politico reports today that, “[D]emocrats are pressuring Speaker Nancy Pelosi to extend Bush-era income tax rates for all brackets.” Democrat Representatives Jim Matheson (D-UT), Glenn Nye (D-VA), Melissa Bean (D-IL), and Gary Peters (D-MI) have voiced their strong opposition to the massive tax hike in a letter addressed to their Democrat leadership, arguing that “this is not the time to jeopardize further growth.”

Additionally, U.S. Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Jim Webb (D-VA) came forward today to join the expanding chorus of Democrats speaking out against the President’s tax increase.

“Congressman Sestak’s support for tax hikes on employers only underscores how painfully out-of-touch he is with voters in the Keystone State. While a growing number of his Democrat colleagues continue to denounce Nancy Pelosi’s plans to increase taxes for families and small businesses in the midst of a recession, Sestak is still standing with his out-of-touch party leaders in Washington instead of taxpayers in Pennsylvania,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Marchand. “In just 50 days, Keystone State voters will undoubtedly hold Sestak accountable for his reckless, job-killing economic agenda when they elect a fiscally responsible leader in Pat Toomey.”

As a reminder, U.S. Representatives Charlie Melancon (D-LA) and Brad Ellsworth (D-IN); U.S. Senate hopefuls Robin Carnahan (D-MO) and Jack Conway (D-KY); and U.S. Senators Kent Conrad (D-ND), Ben Nelson (D-NE), and Evan Bayh (D-IN) are already on the growing list of Democrats opposed to Sestak’s efforts to raise taxes by repealing any of the 2001 and 2003 tax relief measures.

Background Information:

Sestak Does Not Support Fully Extending The 2001 And 2003 Tax Cuts. “Sestak, a second-term congressman from a Philadelphia suburb, is following the lead of President Barack Obama, who wants to make the cuts permanent for middle- and lower-income taxpayers but let them expire for couples making more than $250,000 and others making more than $200,000.” (“Senate Candidates Sestak, Toomey Have Clashing Views On Tax Cuts,” The Associated Press, 7/31/10)

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