For those unaware, a social media controversy occurs when a comment by one candidate is taken with great umbrage by another candidate usually through the form of tweets and/or fundraising emails.
On Friday, former Congressman and Senate candidate Joe Sestak spoke to the Pennlive editorial board.
As is his wont, Sestak self-righteously talked down his opponents for being part of the political system.
“It’s kind of a prostitution of the system, at least since Citizens United,” Sestak said of campaigning.
“At least until a few days ago, the only money in the race against me was from outside Pennsylvania,” he continued. “There was not a TV ad from my opponent. But that’s the problem. I don’t believe that you can give loyalty to someone who said, later on, ‘Sestak, whenever I tell you anything, your only answer is to be yes’. And another senator said ‘We do this to everyone.’”
That last sentence refers to a conversation Sestak has mentioned before, specifically in a recent Politico piece, with an unnamed high-ranking Democratic Senator.
“To me, this is really, about what most ails America and the lack of trust there. And how could I just say ‘yes’ to that senator? Being a senator is what I want to be, gaining the trust is what I want. So why win a seat, but you have to win it through a prostituted way?”
When that final statement was tweeted out by Editorial Board Editor John Micek, McGinty was quick to respond.
EMILY’s List, which has endorsed McGinty, also followed up.
— EMILY's List (@emilyslist) April 8, 2016
McGinty and her supporters feel the use of the term prostitution was sexist and that Sestak’s statements were directed at specifically at her.
This race continues to heat up as we near the April 26th primary where Sestak, McGinty and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman will battle for the Democratic nomination.