In case you haven’t heard, Joe Sestak and national Democrats don’t like each other.
This was finally publicly confirmed yesterday by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.
Earlier this month, Reid made it clear that he thought Katie McGinty will win the 2016 election. This time, though, he also chose to take a shot at the former Congressman.
Once again, Reid was discussing the 2016 national Senate landscape, this time with CQ Roll Call.
“I think in Pennsylvania, Katie McGinty’s going to win that. Sestak has been an unproductive candidate for us, and she now has the very popular governor supporting her, Ed Rendell,” Reid said.
Reid was finally confirming rumors that Democrats have been unhappy with Sestak’s campaign. Of course Reid is set to retire next year, which both explains his outspokenness and suggests his opinion won’t be worth much in 2017 if Sestak is able to emerge victorious.
McGinty and Sestak, as well as Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, are fighting for the Democratic nomination. Incumbent GOP Senator Pat Toomey is running for re-election.
UPDATE: The Sestak campaign responded to Reid’s remarks with an email to supporters, a portion of which is included below:
Senate Minority Leader Reid is right when he justified yesterday the D.C. establishment’s lack of support: “Sestak has been an unproductive candidate for us.”
But it depends who “us” is:
For the establishment, Reid’s right.
I was cited by House Majority Leader Hoyer as the “most productive” member of my freshman congressional class for passing 19 bipartisan pieces of legislation in the House my first two years that helped people.
We are in a fight for the soul of America – and being productive for “We the People” needs a warrior for the people, even if it means being “unproductive” to the establishment.