That’s the core of a major piece by Burgess Everett of Politico about the former Congressman’s strained relationship with his party’s establishment.
Some of that animosity goes back to his defeat of Arlen Specter in the 2010 Democratic Primary, when most party leaders supported Specter.
The issues rose up again in 2015, when Sestak hired a first-time campaign manager instead of one backed by the DSCC. After that final break, half a dozen candidates were pursued by the party to challenge Sestak in the primary until McGinty finally agreed to run.
“It’s a disgrace,” fumes David Landau, chairman of the Delaware County Democratic Party Chair David Landau told Everett. “It’s personal. They don’t like him. Joe’s quirky sometimes. He’s independent. He’s not going to always do what the leadership tells him to do.”
While the article does make the case that really Democrats should be happy with Sestak, Sestak just simply does not want to be controlled by them.
“If you lease a part of your soul in a campaign, Washington, D.C., and the establishment … will think they have an option to buy,” Sestak says. “For them, it’s so important to have 51 [votes]. But what they’ve lost sight of is: The people aren’t looking for D.C. control over what they think.”