Sestak Now Asking For Volunteers

by: Chris Bowers

Mon Jun 08, 2009 at 21:49

Via commenter Tom Wells, Representative Joe Sestak has now placed the following message on his website:


Thank for you stopping by my campaign web-site.

Many of you may have heard about the 2010 Pennsylvania Senate race and Arlen Specter's decision to abandon the Republican Party and switch to the Democratic Party because he believed that he would have lost in next year's Republican Primary, ending his political career.

We are at such a critical point in Pennsylvania's history, and our nation's, that who you are running against pales in comparison to what are you running for. So while Arlen's decision may be good for himself, politically, to avoid running against someone he could not beat, his decision begs what he is running for, and whether he is the best candidate to shape the future of Pennsylvania.

After 31 years of serving in our country's military, and leading our brave men and women in harm's way, one of my core tenets is that you run for something you believe in, and do not avoid that which may be difficult.

I love my job in the 7th District, but we must assess whether Arlen is the best to shape the future that we need in the 7th District and Pennsylvania.

For those who have come to my web-site, I ask you to please stay involved by hitting the "Volunteer" button in our Action Center, and providing us with your contact information.

Many critical issues currently face our country and Pennsylvania. My District office has prevented 400 families from being foreclosed on and losing their home. In the past two years, my office has handled over 10,000 constituent case files; the average Congressional office has handled 3,200.

What we've been able to accomplish in my District in terms of support, as well as creating opportunities for economic growth, is what I do believe Pennsylvania needs, especially at this moment in time ... when many of us voted for change in the last election. Pennsylvania, does indeed, have a vibrant, dynamic future that stretches well into the horizon ... and I look forward to being a part of that.

Please stay in touch. And, if you are so inclined, contributions are readily accepted, which may be made by hitting the "Contribute" button at the top of this page. Thank you.

Joe Sestak

That bit about the constituent services is impressive. It also doesn't surprise me since, as I have previously written, I have never seen a more dedicated, hard-working campaigner than Joe Sestak. To win this campaign, we are going to have to work just as hard ourselves.

Sign up for Sestak's campaign. Back in 2006, an early call for volunteers was critical both to getting Ned Lamont in the campaign against Joe Lieberman, and also in making his campaign immediately viable. Arlen Specter is going to have hundreds, if not thousands, of Democratic committee people working for him (though certainly not all of them). It will take grassroots volunteers for Sestak to counter that effort.

Sign up today. Let Democratic Party leaders know that you believe in the ideals of the Democratic Party, not just in helping the leadership accumulate more power for its own sake. If they won't live up to those ideals, we can find other people who will. And they won't decide this primary--we will.

Sign up to volunteer for Sestak today. I just did.

Chris Bowers :: Sestak Now Asking For Volunteers

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So did I!! (4.00 / 3)
Sign up to volunteer for Sestak today. I just did.

When's the PA Primary? (4.00 / 2)
How many times will I be able to come to Pennsylvania to help?

Sign up to volunteer for Sestak today. I just did.

Yes, Virginia, there are progressives in Nevada.

May 18th, 2010 (4.00 / 4)
I'm sure there will be lots of people in Pennsylvania willing to put you up for a night or two, as well.

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Pathetic! (0.00 / 0)
Sestak has prevented 400 foreclosures, he claims, and if all 500+ Congressional Democrats and Republicans had prevented the samwe number, that would add up to about 200,000 prevented foreclosures.

But approximately 300,000 houses are foreclosed per month, while hundreds of billions of dollars are continuously given away to criminal bankers, and assuming that the Pennsylvania 7th is an average district, Sestak hasn't even prevented 10% of the foreclosures in his own district.

I'm not impressed by Sestak's grand and only accomplishment, and if the only real reason to work for or contribute to or vote for that son-of-a-bitch is that he's better than Specter, I've already heard that argument in every election cycle for the last 30 years, while the Democrats collaborated with crazy wars and pathetic environmental and financial de-regulation, and now the planet is burning down and the Next Great Depression is rolling down upon us, and that pathetic bullshit about "better than the Republicans" just ain't good enough!

As a PA resident ... (4.00 / 1)
and living right next to Sestak's district .. I must tell you that the Philly area(especially the burbs) hasn't had the number of foreclosures as in other parts of the nation .. so 500 is a big deal .. and no .. Sestak isn't Russ Feingold .. or Bernie Sanders ... but he's a lot better than Specter

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Sestak is good at his job (4.00 / 2)
If you choose to believe that the foreclosures are his ONLY accomplishment, yeah, feel free to howl at the moon.

That constituent case file count is no joke. Sestak's office has helped thousands of families in the district with all sorts of things. Joe talks about how his office has the major health insurance companies on speed dial because they're constantly getting calls from people whose insurance claims are denied.

Joe is also the only elected official, local or federal, who is battling an absurd FAA rule allowing planes to fly over Delaware county neighborhoods instead of the Delaware River. Unless you live here, you wouldn't know or care.

As for Joe being a demanding boss, I bet he is. I don't work for him. I volunteer in his campaign office and am one of the few who shows up off-season to do data entry and so forth. So yeah, I am biased. But I don't really mind him insisting on crazy hours from his team - if he's got people willing to do it, more power to us. That's why we get the great constituent service.

Sestak is generally very progressive (though his telecom immunity vote stands out). He's a real Democrat and a real Congressman. I don't see anything objectionable about him as a candidate to replace Specter.

I really don't understand the objection.  

Karl in Drexel Hill, PA

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A "progressive" boss. (4.00 / 1)
Sestak economizes on staff expenses by abusing his employees and forcing them to work 70-hour weeks until many of them freak out and quit before they find another job. Quitting before you find another job is unusual on Capitol Hill, to say the least, where everybody is paying a shit-load of rent and not many staffers have much in the way of savings.

Sestak raises a lot of money, and that's the beginning and end of his story. His "brilliant career" in the Navy included zero combat experience, and he was relieved of his slot as DNCO for abusing employees.

What's not to like?

[ Parent ]
and he was hand-picked by Rahm -- "anointed", like Specter (4.00 / 1)
did he have primary challengers when he ran?

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No primary challengers that I remember (4.00 / 2)
In '06, there wasn't a mad rush to run against a 10-term Congressman who had the entrenched Delco Republican machine at his back. So, no, there weren't primary challengers for the Dem nomination for PA-7. We were lucky to have a candidate.

Or perhaps you were here and remember it differently?

Karl in Drexel Hill, PA

[ Parent ]
no - i didn't know if he did have them or not -- (0.00 / 0)
it makes his "i don't like anointing or DC Dems picking candidates and clearing the field" stuff all the more bs.

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Only if you don't understand what 'no primary challengers' means (4.00 / 2)
It doesn't mean everybody else was prevented from filing. It meant nobody else wanted to file. Stop being silly.

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no -- it doesn't mean that -- we have a long record of them "discouraging" others (0.00 / 0)
and vowing only to support one candidate -- and hand-picking people even when there were multiple candidates already running -- Rahm, Schumer, and the DNC have made that clear for ages now -- years and years.

[ Parent ]
So the objections are... (4.00 / 2)
Summarizing the previous reply:

1. Sestak is a crappy boss. Yeah. OK.

2. He raises a lot of money. A positive.

3. He wasn't in combat. And this matters, how? Is his service to the country any less because of this? Does he only get credit for 25 years instead of 31 because he wasn't asked to fight?

4. He was relieved of his command. Sestak was a crappy boss. OK.

Sounds like Sestak isn't someone you want to work for. I don't blame you.

And how is he as a Congressman? He tends to vote the progressive positions and he's popular with his constituents.

Say what you want, PA-7 and especially the local Dems have benefited from Sestak being our Congressman.

Karl in Drexel Hill, PA

[ Parent ]
A successful fundraiser who votes more or less like a Democrat! (0.00 / 0)
So what if he's a jerk!

So what if his "military career" was just getting himself promoted!

Is he crusading for jobs, peace, environmental regulation, or mortgage relief outside some minor fill-in-the-blanks assistance for his constituents?

(And judging by dozens of "success stories" that I've studied from the Democrats' miniscule assistance to homeowners in trouble, it's almost a sure thing that the 400 mortgages Sestak "rescued" were the least troubled among all the troubled mortgages in his district. Otherwise... Duh!... there would be a heck of a lot more of them!)

Volunteer for Sestak! A relentless hustler who knows how to raise money and get elected!

Who wouldn't be inspired by that?

[ Parent ]
Still baying at the moon? (0.00 / 0)
Yes, Sestak campaigned on peace, environmental regulation, mortgage relief. And yes, he votes that way.

How should one interpret your comments regarding his military service? Do you mean that said service should be discounted or ignored completely?

You call him a hustler. Have you met Sestak? Have you had a conversation with him? Have you met his staff or his family? Has he been untrustworthy to you or someone you know?

I have met Joe's brother and sisters. I have spent time talking with Joe. Since I live in the district, I care about how he votes and actually know some stuff about his work as an employee of the voters.

Your comments are not convincing.

Have a nice day.

Karl in Drexel Hill, PA

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Sestak Replies! (0.00 / 0)
"Okay staff!"

"Anybody on the internet makes a negative remark about ME, THE GREAT JOE SESTAK, I want you stupid little monkeys all over it!!!"


"There ain't no stinking Christmas for MY staff!"

"Eight days a week!"

"367 days of the year!"

"Because that's the kind of staff-performance that ME deserves!!!"

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Shorter (0.00 / 0)
"I feel like making negative remarks about Sestak, so leave me alone."

You got it.

Karl in Drexel Hill, PA

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Even shorter (0.00 / 1)
Sestak sucks up to us rich (average family income $80,947) whiteys (93.05% White) in Drexel Hill, so we don't care how much he fucks over his lowly staff!

Sestak was relieved from his last post as deputy chief of Naval operations because of "poor command climate."  

"Poor command climate" means giving subordinates an unendurable amount of shit, and the Navy expects subordinates to take a lot of shit, before anybody even notices.

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i got a fundraising letter in the mail today from him -- (0.00 / 0)
with xeroxed news clippings too.


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