First Jobs-Gate, Now Earmark-Gate
|Can Pennsylvanians Trust Joe Sestak’s Word On Anything?|
WASHINGTON – On the heels of his shady White House jobs-gate scandal, liberal U.S. Representative Joe Sestak (D-PA) is scrambling to cover-up and explain away a $350,000 taxpayer-funded earmark request that potentially violated House ethics rules barring earmarks allocated to for-profit organizations.
As the Associated Press reports, “Sestak says he’s revoked a request he made for a taxpayer-paid grant that raised questions about whether it complies with House rules… A new House rule prohibits the grants, called earmarks, from benefiting for-profit companies… Drew Devitt’s grant application to Sestak’s office didn’t explain his link to the for-profit New Way Energy. However, the connection is evident in separate letter on April 12 to the Department of Energy in which Sestak discusses the turbines.”
Sestak’s shady earmark scandal comes on the heels of another questionable public debate surrounding the federal job that he was offered by the Obama White House. More than one year later, Sestak still refuses to explain exactly what position he was offered – despite the fact that both White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and former President Bill Clinton accused the liberal Congressman of lying about the position and manner in which he was approached by the Obama Administration.
In a desperate attempt to distract from Sestak’s flawed candidacy, national Democrats are frantically attacking fiscally responsible Pat Toomey (R-PA) with more than $1 million of misleading advertisements just 60 days from Election Day. Nevertheless, the Democrats’ attempts to save Sestak’s candidacy have failed to convince voters, as Toomey continues to lead the liberal Congressman in recent public surveys.
“Can Pennsylvanians trust Joe Sestak on anything? From his shady federal job offer that he refuses to explain, to his unethical earmark request that he’s trying to explain away, Joe Sestak has demonstrated time and again that he’s unable to simply tell Pennsylvanians the truth about his shady Washington partisan games,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Press Secretary Amber Marchand. “Voters in the Keystone State deserve a U.S. Senator who will stand up for their best interests – not a shifty politician who continues to mislead voters about his wheeling and dealing in Washington.”
Later this month, President Barack Obama will make a last ditch effort to save Sestak’s failing campaign with a fundraiser in Philadelphia. President Obama currently faces a 42 percent approval rate in the Keystone State, which suffered from 9.3 percent unemployment in July 2010.