It’s no secret that Democratic leaders, both in PA and D.C., don’t want the former Congressman and 2010 nominee to win next year’s primary. Sestak has also made it clear that he doesn’t particularly care what they think.
In a new campaign email, Sestak not only reiterates this point but calls out the officials who are supporting Katie McGinty.
“It’s déjà vu all over again: the party elite are lining up behind their hand-picked primary candidate while the Admiral is taking his message directly to the people,” Sestak campaign spokesman Jake Sternberger writes.
“There is no doubt what’s happening in the country right now,” he continues. “Democrats, Republicans and Independents just do not trust the establishment – an establishment that actually thinks they can pick and choose candidates.”
“There are no more kings. There are no more kingmakers.”
“The only question is: who do you want picking candidates… establishment politicians or we the people?,” he asks.
The email then presents a chart with one side labeled “Establishment” and the other “We the People”.
The latter side contains sunny pictures of Sestak campaigning throughout the state. The former depicts officials who have either endorsed McGinty or are well-known Sestak detractors, including Rep. Bob Brady, Rep. Mike Doyle, former Gov. Ed Rendell and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer.
A new addition is Governor Tom Wolf, who just yesterday endorsed his former Chief of Staff Katie McGinty. Wolf and Sestak have never had any public spats up to this point and it will be worth seeing if things change.
One final note is that Sen. Schumer is set to become the leader of the Democratic caucus after Harry Reid retires next year. Would Sestak be able to have a relationship with his party’s leader after running against him in this primary?