PA-Sen: Sestak Receives Lukewarm Support but No Challenges From PA Democrats

Joe-Sestak-headshotFormer Congressman Joe Sestak cannot seem to rally current party support for his bid for the U.S. Senate in 2016 yet few opponents are stepping up to challenge him.

Sestak ran for the Senate seat in 2010, but lost the race by two percentage points to Republican Pat Toomey. He has already started campaigning for a 2016 rematch, but has yet to solidify support from Keystone State Democrats.

Senior U.S. Senator Bob Casey told Roll Call that it is “too early” to project any winners or losers for the 2016 election, but that he believes 2016 will “better than 2014” for his party. Meanwhile, outgoing Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz commended Sestak for his showing in the 2010 elections, but maintains that the Democratic primary is up for grabs as new names spark voter attention.

Sestak faced tough opposition in 2010 from incumbent Senator Arlen Specter, whose switch from moderate Republican to the Democratic Party split support for the two candidates in the primary elections. Sestak eventually beat Specter in a pricey primary fight, despite not having the support of President Obama or former Governor Ed Rendell who at one point said that Sestak would “get killed” if he ran against Specter.

Gearing up for 2016, however, if Sestak wins the primary, he and Toomey will be set for a rematch—a first in Pennsylvania history.

Sestak nonetheless welcomes a challenge in the 2016 Democratic primaries, saying that “I think anybody who wants to get in should get in.”

Potential candidates, though, like State Treasurer Rob McCord and Tom Wolf’s recently announced Chief of Staff Katie McGinty have taken themselves out of the race. Congressman Matt Cartwright, a close friend of Sestak’s, also offered an empathetic ‘no’ to joining the race. Schwartz, who just lost a gubernatorial bid, also declined to run.

The two Democratic contenders everyone is watching are Attorney General Kathleen Kane and Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro. Kane, however, has seen her popularity decrease and Shapiro has yet to firmly indicate whether he’ll jump in.

December 4th, 2014 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Senate, Top Stories | 66 Comments

66 thoughts on “PA-Sen: Sestak Receives Lukewarm Support but No Challenges From PA Democrats”

  1. Jason says:

    1) Westmoreland County has not voted for a Democratic president since 1996!

    2) Dem. State Committee is a joke!

    3) Shapiro is a leader with an actual record to run on. He’s a dream candidate for Democrats and he will win the primary. My guess is Sestak drops out before the primary due to lackluster support/fundraising.

    #nuffsaid

  2. David Diano says:

    Western PA Dem-

    “How about you not telling me how to do my job?”

    Umm…. you declared that with Josh as a candidate, you couldn’t do you job:
    “I for one am not going to waste my time working in 2016 for someone like Josh Shapiro, whom I know I can’t sell to my local voters.”

    Josh is pretty much on the same page with the issues as Hillary. So, if you are planning to sell your voters on Hillary, then you should be pushing to take back the Senate for her, with Josh over Toomey.
    If you can’t convince them that Josh would support Hillary and Toomey would oppose her, then you might want to find another committee person to take your place.

  3. Western PA Dem says:

    Craig L — don’t put words in my mouth. See my comments to David D below. I didn’t say I won’t support the eventual nominee; of course if Shapiro’s name is on a slate card or something I will hand that out.

    What I DID say is that I won’t waste my efforts really working for someone who I know my voters won’t support no matter what I do. There are only so many hours in the day and I am not going to waste time organizing phone banks, lit drops, door knocks, etc. for someone like Shapiro; instead I will be putting those efforts into other races with Democratic candidates who will connect better with Democrats in my area.

    But if, as David D says, Shapiro can raise all that money then he won’t need my help… he’ll have enough donated money to waste buying workers statewide. Or maybe he will just be a Senator for rich people east of the Susquehanna and will write those of us over here in the west off both as a candidate and (if he makes it) as a Senator. Won’t surprise me.

    And Jo, once again reposting your lame “resume” for Josh Shapiro with allegations against Sestak THREE times does not make it true. Actually your post makes it all the more obvious why Shapiro will be a big loser in most of the state. Like I said, being a Georgetown alum in a blue collar state dominated by Pitt & Penn State football fans won’t win him many votes. And the fact that he worked for Joe Hoffel? I can just hear people over here saying “who the hell is Joe Hoffel? Another buddy of Ed Rendell from Philadelphia??” Please – learn your state and learn your voters.

  4. Ready for Josh Shapiro says:

    Pennsylvania Democrats: Let’s unite and elect a Democratic majority in 2016 by nominating Josh Shapiro to be the next United States Senator from Pennsylvania!

    Like us at Facebook.com/ReadyforJoshShapiro and spread the word!

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  5. Western PA Dem says:

    David D: How about you not telling me how to do my job? Easy for you to say that it is “not that difficult” for a Democratic County Committee person in an area dominated by “Dems” so conservative they make the Republicans in some states look like liberals.

    I’ve been a committee person for years and I know my voters. Once again, I am telling you they will NOT be interested in someone like Josh Shapiro. Once again, I am telling you they will view him as a self-serving politician from “some county out by Philadelphia” meaning another raging liberal from Philly to vote against.

    As a volunteer committee person my time and resources are limited. This will be especially true in 2016. There will be many Democratic candidates that will need to be worked for. I am NOT going to waste my time and resources working for someone like Shapiro when I know won’t connect with my voters. If Shapiro is the eventual Senate nominee, I will concentrate my efforts on other candidates and races.

  6. David Diano says:

    Robert-

    Hook Sestak up to a lie-detector and ask him if he voted for Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush 41. (I wouldn’t be shocked if he voted for McCain either.)

    The guy was military for 30 years, and joined up during Vietnam, after going to Catholic high school. He’s a God & Country type of conservative, who will play the role of a Dem just enough to achieve his goal of being elected to satisfy his ego. He can never really debate Toomey, because he believes most of the same crap.

    All my progressive friends regard him as a completely phony as a liberal (especially ones who worked on his campaign and got to see him when he wasn’t on camera).

    As Montco PA Dem said “right place at the right time”. If being an R would have gotten him elected, he would be spouting all the GOP talking points instead.

    Montco PA Dem-
    Sestak should submit himself to the drug companies for testing to see if they can bottle his speeches into a cure a insomnia.

    Sestak has become more of a mess as his desperation keeps seeping through. There’s another article about Sestak’s weak support where Sestak mentions all the effort he’s putting in trying to stay in peoples’ minds by showing up at events for other candidates. Though, I’m not sure what he means by “we” in his quote:

    “We’ve done 400 events in two years for other candidates,” Sestak said in a Wednesday phone interview with CQ Roll Call. “I’ve put a quarter-million miles on my car.”

  7. Montco PA Dem says:

    I’ve been a strong Sestak supporter since he first ran against Curt Weldon in 2006. But it’s always been because he was in the right place at the right time, and gave us a reasonable Democratic choice against somebody who, to me, was repulsive — Weldon, Specter, Toomey. Now, though, when measured against Josh Shapiro, Sestak comes up short (actually, they both are but I’m not being literal). Sestak’s resume is great, but what has he done? Not much, really. Shapiro has been a leader in Harrisburg and has almost single-handedly pulled Montgomery County back from the brink of bankruptcy. But the biggest difference between the two is their personal styles – Sestak is just a rambling, disjointed, and long-winded mess as a public speaker. Shapiro is sharp, engaging and knowledgeable…and he knows when to shut up, something Sestak has never, ever learned. If these two go head to head in the primary, Shapiro is clearly the guy who deserves to face Toomey.

  8. Craig L. says:

    Objective- McCord would be the WORST candidate! McCord has left a bad taste in people’s mouths. Like it or not his campaign was very disappointing and in my view, came across as arrogant and he seemed disconnected from the average PA voter. His racially charged tone led to him being condemned by Rendell and Casey. He lied about his past, throw his step-father under the bus and was called out by family members as a liar. It was discovered that he had outsourced jobs and spend taxpayers dollars lavishly in NYC. I can remember at State Committee when he insisted on there being an endorsement vote, knowing full well there wouldn’t be an endorsement. I can remember looking over and he had a huge grin on his face, like he was just doing it out of spite. Very divisive indeed. During one of the debates he even seemed uncontrolled and angry. McCord’s political career is over! Thankfully!

  9. Robert B. Sklaroff, M.D. says:

    @ DD:

    Your credibility remains in-the-gutter [vide infra], with this comment being the most recent manifestation thereof; Shestak has not one “R” bone in his body.

  10. David Diano says:

    Western PA Dem-

    You can’t “sell” Josh to your local voters?

    Here’s a hint: sell them on Democratic party values, the kind that Josh has fought for. Get your voters to vocalize their stance on the issues and point out how Josh shares their values. It’s not that difficult.

    Sestak hasn’t really fought for Dem values (mostly because he’s a rebublican at heart and just recites the dem talking points, without living them)

  11. Objectivevoter says:

    There is a stronger candidate than Shapiro and Sestak. Although he has ruled it out, McCord would be the most dynamic person to challenge Toomey. He has broad appeal and support. He came up short in the primary, but most of our country’s greatest leaders have lost a race or two.

  12. Jo says:

    Josh Shapiro:
    -Former Deputy Speaker of PA House of Representatives
    -State Representative, 2005-2012
    -Chairman and Commissioner of Montgomery County, 2012-Present
    -Led a turnaround in Montgomery County
    -Eliminated large budget deficit and reduced Overall Debt
    -Early supporter of Governor-Elect Tom Wolf
    -Member of the Wolf Transition Team
    -Vice Chair of Budget Task Force
    -Former Chief of Staff to US Rep. Joe Hoeffel
    -Georgetown University Alumni

    Joe Sestak:
    -Relieved of duty in the Navy for creating a poor command climate
    -Verbally abused staff
    -Worst Attendance of ANY Pennsylvania Congressman
    -411th out of 435 in Attendance in the US House
    -Missed over 130 votes
    -2 term US Congressman who gave up his seat to defeat an incumbent Democratic US Senator who did more for health care and cancer research than any member of Congress in history.
    -Cost us a seat in the US House by running for Senate
    -Used his daughter in political ads
    -Will do and say anything to get a vote
    -Lied about the president offering him a job to get out of the race
    -Divisive, Arrogant and a terrible speaker/debater
    -Oh and by the way, we already tried Sestak. He lost. Remember!

  13. Craig L. says:

    So you, as an elected committee person, won’t support the eventual nominee?

    Thank you for proving my point of how irrelevant the party has become.

  14. Western PA Dem says:

    Well Craig L, McGinty WASN’T the State Committee’s choice and Wolf should respect that. Most of the State Committee people I know told me personally they didn’t support McGinty for chair but I know they still worked very hard for Wolf in the Primary and in the General.

    County and State Committees are part of both parties. The GOP respects theirs and they are winning elections. I am not alone in feeling that Wolf’s coalition people haven’t been real inclusive of those who are rank and file on County Committees. We work hard on the ground to get candidates elected, including Wolf, but I for one am not going to waste my time working in 2016 for someone like Josh Shapiro, whom I know I can’t sell to my local voters. There are too many other races up in 2016 that will need our attention and help.

    David D, I am not so sure of your assessment of Shapiro in Western PA. I hear he has been to some Dem events out here and has been getting very little to no interest. Not surprising.

  15. DELCO Observer says:

    With respect to Josh Shapiro, somebody actually believes that people outside of SEPA – “will recognize his sincerity and genuine down-to-earth nature, as well as his ability to answer questions directly”? As a SEPA resident, and someone who has attended Josh Shapiro events, I can honestly say that he gives ordinary people the creeps, and the people I know that have met him for the first time are turned off by his phoniness and feel the need to shower after shaking his hand. Josh is a career politician that has done nothing but feed at the public trough his entire life. His position on a gubernatorial transition team speaks volumes about his being a career politician.
    As I have said consistently, if you want to beat Toomey, you run Sestak who lost to him by 2 points in a year when the Dem Governor candidate lost to Corbett by ten, Dems lost control of the Congressional delegation, lost control of the state house, and showed no momentum. Sestak beats Toomey like a drum in 2016. Shapiro-Toomey 2016 results in 6 more years of Toomey.
    Some people on here need to stop dreaming. Also, I highly doubt that Wolf will endorse anyone in a Us Senate Primary (if there is one)…remember how Corbett’s losing his candidate (Welch) in the 2012 GOP US Senate primary started to really show and highlight his vulnerability?

  16. David Diano says:

    Western PA Dem-

    Unlike Sestak, Shapiro comes off as honest and sincere. Josh is well spoken and interesting. He will capture voters’ attention, rather than cure their insomnia.

    Josh is strong and vocal on the issues, and it’s not just memorized talking points to him, like it is with Sestak.

    Josh will appeal to western PA voters because they will recognize his sincerity and genuine down-to-earth nature, as well as his ability to answer questions directly.

    Josh will be able to raise plenty of money. Sestak’s fundraising has hit the wall.

  17. Craig L. says:

    I agree with a comment that was posted earlier by Jo. Dem State Committee has isolated themselves and has proven themselves to be more and more irrelevant. They don’t do anything, but have a few events a year that never translate into anything on the ground. It’s basically a social club. It’s a bunch of people who have been involved for years who have a bit of an ego problem and actually think they control something. McGinty would have been the best choice to make State Committee a success.

  18. Western PA Dem says:

    Craig L I agree, Wolf was a good candidate and yes there is no way some of the others, especially Schwartz, would have beaten Corbett statewide. But had Corbett not been such a disaster, Wolf wouldn’t have beaten him either.

    I am not sure Wolf’s coalition would get the huge support you claim, especially a year and a half from now. Who knows what will happen by then – he better first pay attention to his job as Governor. And BTW Wolf is not going to get support and workers on the ground for any candidate he supports in the future by disrespecting County and State Committee members. PA Republicans respect their County and State Committee people, and they win a lot of elections.

    The best chance any Dem is going to have to win this Senate seat is on the coattails of someone like Hillary. The Moderate Ds and many Independents will come out for her but even if she runs I think they will bypass someone like Shapiro.

    If you think Sestak is done, please tell me who you think can win, and why. Real reasons please; don’t post someone’s resume twice, we’ve already seen enough of that in this thread.

  19. LouEriePA says:

    Why are we even talking about Westmoreland County? It’s been trending GOP for years and the vote totals don’t equate to a win for anyone. A Dem can win PA by ensuring HUGE SEPA margins, at least a 10 point win in Allegheny while keeping GOP margins below 20 points in South Central, and picking up a few counties in the Northwest and NEPA.

  20. David Diano says:

    Western PA Dem-

    Actually, yes. A buddy of mine in Westmoreland committee used to tell me about how poorly Sestak was viewed at events.

    He had one event at a popular coffee house, and invited a lot of people, mostly seniors, then made them all pay for their own coffee. Totally pissed everyone off.

    At other events, the older vets thought Sestak used his uniform/service as a campaign prop for personal gain and was being disrespectful of their service.

    Also, Sestak keeps telling the same old worn out stories from his military or Clinton days.

    He’s aged rapidly and looks like he’s got one foot in the grave already. Dem voters are going to want someone who can serve several terms.

  21. Craig L. says:

    I would guess Shapiro would get endorsements from Tom Wolf, Fresh Start PA, Allyson Schwartz and Allegheny Leaders.

    Tom Wolf has built an incredible coalition of Democrats and Shapiro would get that support.

    WesternPADem-
    I think you’re wrong. I’m not sure Corbett would have lost to McCord or Schwartz. Tom Wolf was a good candidate who ran an extraordinarily organized campaign that had a focused message. Elections are not that simple anymore. They are complex with a lot of moving parts. Sestak is done.

  22. Western PA Dem says:

    Um, Jo, repeating the same post twice doesn’t make it true….

    And David D, if not Sestak, is there anyone you think WOULD have a chance of carrying Western PA? Please give your reasoning why or why not; I would sincerely like to know.

  23. Jo says:

    This isn’t even a fair contest:
    Shapiro’s proven record of bipartisanship and leadership
    vs.
    Sestak’s ego

    Josh Shapiro:
    -Former Deputy Speaker of PA House of Representatives
    -State Representative, 2005-2012
    -Chairman and Commissioner of Montgomery County, 2012-Present
    -Led a turnaround in Montgomery County
    -Eliminated large budget deficit and reduced Overall Debt
    -Early supporter of Governor-Elect Tom Wolf
    -Member of the Wolf Transition Team
    -Vice Chair of Budget Task Force
    -Former Chief of Staff to US Rep. Joe Hoeffel
    -Georgetown University Alumni

    Joe Sestak:
    -Relieved of duty in the Navy for creating a poor command climate
    -Verbally abused staff
    -Worst Attendance of ANY Pennsylvania Congressman
    -411th out of 435 in Attendance in the US House
    -Missed over 130 votes
    -2 term US Congressman who gave up his seat to defeat an incumbent Democratic US Senator who did more for health care and cancer research than any member of Congress in history.
    -Cost us a seat in the US House by running for Senate
    -Used his daughter in political ads
    -Will do and say anything to get a vote
    -Lied about the president offering him a job to get out of the race
    -Divisive, Arrogant and a terrible speaker/debater
    -Oh and by the way, we already tried Sestak. He lost. Remember!

  24. Western PA Dem says:

    OK David Diano, do you think someone like Shapiro would do any better in Westmoreland County?

  25. David Diano says:

    Western PA Dem-

    Sestak got CRUSHED in Westmoreland by 22 points (61% to 39%) despite more Dems than Republicans turning out there in 2010.

  26. LouEriePA says:

    Shapiro is an intriguing contender for sure.

    I agree that Sestak’s time has come and gone. Sestak loses the primary assuming he doesn’t withdraw beforehand.

  27. Western PA Dem says:

    Voters registered D but voting R is the reality in most of PA. This is why the Republicans are the minority party in Pennsylvania in terms of registrations, but completely control the General Assembly and the PA Delegation in Congress. And a lot of county and local seats too.

    Ignore this, and PA Dems will only lose more elections. And Jo, if you live in South-Central PA and don’t understand this you are really clueless my dear. “Democrats for Reagan” types still control most of Pennsylvania.

    Frankly, if Corbett wasn’t such a horrible mess Wolf wouldn’t have had a snowball’s chance in hell of winning in 2014. Dems lucked out there. But they won’t again in 2016 unless the top of the ticket (Presidential) candidate appeals to moderates and then maybe, just maybe, there will be some coattails.

    But there won’t be coattails for vanilla SEPA candidates like Shapiro. With conservative Dems and independents he’ll never get beyond the image of being a Philly liberal. I can imagine explaining to a “Joe six-pack” voter in the Mon Valley that he should support Shapiro because Shapiro has a degree from Georgetown. Haha what a laugh riot that would be!

  28. Craig L. says:

    Sestak is old news. He doesn’t have a chance. With Tom Wolf supporting Shapiro Sestak is done.

  29. Jo says:

    LOL. I don’t live in southeast PA. I live west of the Susquehanna River in South Central PA. Nice try though.

    Go sit down in your lazy boy old man and have a drink out of your “Democrats for Reagan” mug!

  30. Western PA Dem says:

    Hey Jo, YOUR ignorance of the realities of how voters think outside Southeast PA is the embarrassment!

    No one west of Pottstown gives a crap about any of the so-called accomplishments you have listed for Shapiro. As I said all that independent voters, persuadables and moderate Dems are going to hear about Shapiro is that he’s a county commissioner from “some county near Philadelphia.” Meaning yet another out of touch Philly liberal. Yawn.

    Likewise, no one out here cares about your allegations against Sestak. He is viewed as a former military man who narrowly lost last time by a few thousand votes and deserves the chance to run again against a Tea Party nut who is part of the obstructionism in D.C.

    That’s not me talking, that’s the way actual voters think in much of PA. Shapiro will be wasting his time if he runs, as will anyone west of mile marker 300 on the Turnpike who works for Shapiro’s campaign.

    Which won’t be me, but then again according to you it won’t matter because committee people are “irrelevant” and you can win elections these days pandering to Millennials on Twitter and Facebook. Yeah, riiiighhhht…….

  31. jim says:

    We have Toomey because Sestak was a poor candidate. We have an opportunity to knock off a right wing ideologue but Sestak is not the one who can do it.

  32. Jo says:

    I forgot to mention that Sestak missed over 130 votes while serving in the US House.

    Sestak had the worst attendance rating of any Congressman from Pennsylvania

    Out of the 435 members of the US House, Sestak was 411th in terms of overall attendance!

    Wow, what a great representative of the people! LOL!!

    Sestak is a joke!

  33. Jo says:

    Josh Shapiro:
    -Former Deputy Speaker of PA House of Representatives
    -State Representative, 2005-2012
    -Chairman and Commissioner of Montgomery County, 2012-Present
    -Led a turnaround in Montgomery County
    -Eliminated large budget deficit and reduced Overall Debt
    -Earlier supporter of Governor-Elect Tom Wolf
    -Member of the Wolf Transition Team
    -Vice Chair of Budget Task Force
    -Former Chief of Staff to US Rep. Joe Hoeffel
    -Georgetown University Alumni

    Joe Sestak:
    -Relieved of duty in the Navy for creating a poor command climate
    -Verbally abused staff
    -2 term US Congressman who gave up his seat to defeat an incumbent Democratic US Senator who did more for health care and cancer research than any member of Congress in history.
    -Cost us a seat in the US House by running for Senate
    -Used his daughter in political ads
    -Will do and say anything to get a vote
    -Lied about the president offering him a job to get out of the race
    -Divisive
    -Oh and by the way, we already tried Sestak. He lost. Remember!

    The Choice is Clear!

  34. Jo says:

    WesternPADem your ignorance is embarrassing.

  35. Western PA Dem says:

    NO to Shapiro. No one knows him outside Montgomery County and no one wants to. A candidate who is former Admiral plays a lot better outside SEPA than someone whose big claim to fame is being a County Commissioner in “some county near Philadelphia.” Independent voters, persuadables, and moderate Dems in the rest of PA will see Shapiro as another Philly liberal who is out of touch with real Pennsylvania values. I’m backing the Admiral strongly and if Shapiro is the nominee, well, let’s just say that there will be plenty of other races with more electable Democratic candidates for me to work for in 2016.

  36. Robert B. Sklaroff, M.D. says:

    @ DD:

    You are reminding the readership that harbors an “institutional memory” of your lack of credibility regarding even an issue of prognostication; Hillary is again delaying her announcement for POTUS-’16 [probably due to the pending skewering by Trey Gowdy] and AG-Kane just decided [again] to ignore her pledge-of-office [AG-KANE WON’T DEFEND CONTROVERSIAL GUN LAW].

    philly.com/philly/news/politics/20141205_AG_Kane_won_t_defend_controversial_gun_law.html

    Indeed, were she to be indicted for leaking Grand Jury testimony, for example, it would be another event that reasonable people would not be able to blame on any “fight against the old-boys-network.”

    Therefore, it is again necessary to remind the innocent reader of your political proclivities [i.e., anti-Semitism] which matches that of your Fearless-Leader, BHO.

    Despite exhaustive parrying, you were demonstrated [1]–to have advocated the overthrow of the Israeli government since its inception in ’48, and [2]–to have rationalized the reasonableness of terrorism by Hamas.

    politicspa.com/reader-poll-majority-of-respondents-disapprove-of-kane/62131/

  37. Blurred Conservative says:

    I hope Sestak is the nominee to face Toomey, that will ensure Toomey’s re-election. If Dems are smart, they will get behind Shapiro. Shapiro is sharp and extremely likeable, qualities Sestak lacks.

  38. Jo says:

    lol. Shelly, wasn’t he also suppose to be your “winning” candidate in 2010?!?!

    Shelly, is it 1980 where you live? Name recognition? Maybe you’ve forgotten, but in January 2014 no one knew who Tom Wolf was, in January 2015 he’ll be sworn in as the Governor of Pennsylvania. There is no such thing as a “typical” or “predictable” election. Social media, millennials and $$$$$ has changed the game. The couple hundred people in the state committee have become irrelevant to the process.

    Need I remind you that the “Admiral” lost us what otherwise would have been a safe house seat.

    This “Admiral” you refer to was also relieved of duty in the Navy for creating a poor command climate.

  39. Shelly says:

    Josh Sapiro is a good candidate but does not have the name recognition needed to win this race. Admiral Sestak is our winning candidate.

  40. David Diano says:

    Robert-

    Given high Dem turnout in a Presidential election year, Toomey is very vulnerable to any viable Dem.

    If Kane ran for Senate against Toomey, then current critics like Seth Williams (who just wants her A.G. job) would be singing her praises. But, in a year with a likely candidate of Hillary Clinton driving up the female vote to records levels, Kane could cruise to victory on the coattails, and blame her troubles on her fight against the old-boys-network. Given Toomey’s record on women’s issues, that would be the likely focus of the campaign, which would work in her favor.

    But, much as I was interested by “prospect” of a Kane run for Senate, I think she is more likely to run for reelection for the A.G. office. Being an incumbent helps, and with Wolf as Governor, she’ll get more cooperation and support than she did with Corbett.

    Josh is the more logical candidate than Kane because of his legislative experience and would do well against Toomey in debates (much better than Sestak who is a terrible debater).

  41. Robert B. Sklaroff, M.D. says:

    @ DD:

    On a prior page, you discounted the poll on PoliticsPA showing disapproval of AG-Kane [by surmising “ballot”-stuffing and by attacking methodology] instead of recognizing (painfully) that editorialists (statewide) have increasingly recognized how profoundly AG-Kane has mishandled her responsibilities [both politically and operationally].

    politicspa.com/reader-poll-majority-of-respondents-disapprove-of-kane/62131/#comments

    Note, just for example, that a lib-publication has lambasted her:

    “Calamity Kane: Is the state attorney general in over her head?”

    post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2014/11/30/Calamity-Kane-Is-the-state-attorney-general-in-over-her-head/stories/201411300041

    Initially, you suggested she could defeat Toomey, and now you have retreated to a point whereby you claim she would be able to defeat a Dem-competitor in the ’16 primary; what you have failed to address [understandably] is the fact that she would not fare well against a Republican in the general election.

  42. David Diano says:

    Montco & Delco

    Sorry to disappoint you with my late arrival. Been busy all day, and I only just saw the article.

    What it leaves out is that for the last two fundraising quarters, Sestak spent as much as he took in (which wasn’t much ~ 100k). So for six months, his cash on hand hasn’t budged.

    He’s reached the point of diminishing returns and is getting no traction going forward.

    Josh could easily match Sestak’s $1 million cash on hand in a single quarter, especially with support from Wolf and the fundraising infrastructure in Montco and Philly area.

    Kane looks to be staying in the A.G. spot. The more that enter the primary against her, the more they dilute themselves against her incumbency. They’ll be running attack ads, and she’ll be running a positive campaign with a list of accomplishments while fighting the old boys network.

  43. Craig L. says:

    A Wolf endorsement in the primary is going to be huge and essentially crown the winner! I have a feeling Wolf would throw his support behind Shapiro, considering Shapiro endorsed Wolf early in the Gov. primary and now serves on the Wolf Transition team!

    #TeamShapiro

  44. Robert B. Sklaroff, M.D. says:

    Note that, in a recent article [Wolf fires salvo over projected $2B deficit for Pennsylvania],it was noted that “Montgomery County Commission Chairman Josh Shapiro, a former state House member, is vice chair of Wolf’s deficit task force.”

    triblive.com/news/adminpage/7288380-74/budget-corbett-senate#ixzz3Kx5RYtBh

  45. Craig L. says:

    lol Delco… You mean just like he was the first time around?!?! hahaha.

  46. DELCO Observer says:

    WOW – Figured David Diano would have been here banging Sestak by now…let’s be honest…other than Ed Rendell, Sestak is the best candidate to defeat Toomey. END.OF.STORY.

  47. Montco PA Dem says:

    Shapiro is running, no doubt about it. Also, looking forward to a new Diano rant which will surely follow within the hour.

  48. Adam says:

    Josh Shapiro will lose, no one from the west knows where Montgomery County much less how it is run. Many people in my county are already behind Joe. He will be our next Senator.

  49. Western PA Ron says:

    Slow news day???

  50. Ready for Josh Shapiro says:

    Nominate Josh Shapiro for US Senate and help elect a Democratic majority in 2016!

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