HARRISBURG — Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement regarding Joe Sestak’s decision to campaign with Jim Dean, the Chairman of the extreme leftist group Democracy for America.
“It’s sad to see that Joe Sestak has chosen to spend the final days of his primary campaign currying favor with extreme liberal groups and siblings of failed presidential candidates rather than focusing on the voters of Pennsylvania,” Gleason said. “If Joe Sestak thinks that holding an event with Howard Dean’s brother will win him the support of Pennsylvanians, then he’s even more out-of-touch with the hard-working people of this Commonwealth than I realized.
“We all know that Joe Sestak subscribes to a set of far-left values, but to spend time campaigning with an organization that believes that our government is not big enough serves as yet another reason why Joe Sestak is unqualified to serve in the United States Senate.
“Even Pennsylvania Democratic Chairman T.J. Rooney calls a possible Sestak nomination ‘cataclysmic,’ because he knows that Joe Sestak would be a disastrous Senate candidate and, more importantly, a simply awful U.S. Senator.
“Thankfully, Pennsylvania voters have an option other than the ‘bad and worse’ tandem running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. While Joe Sestak and Arlen Specter are engaged in a battle to see who can pander to the far-left the most, Pat Toomey has been working hard to bring his message of limited government and fiscal responsibility to Pennsylvania’s voters.
“So while Joe Sestak spends his time hanging out with the far-left, rest assured that Pat Toomey will be spending his time focusing on the needs of Pennsylvanians.”
In an article May 6th, 2010 that appeared on Politico.com, Pennsylvania Democrat Chairman T.J. Rooney was adamant that he did not think Joe Sestak could win the General Election this fall. Rooney concluded that a Specter loss would be devastating to their party: “I can’t say, honest and true, if the shoe’s on the other foot, that we’ll have the same race in November. The results could be cataclysmic.” (David Catanese, Politico.com, 5/6/10,http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/36863.html)