Greetings from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport where Vice President Joseph Biden is about to speak.
This is one of the smallest crowds I’ve ever seen for someone of his stature. Only about 200 people in a half-filled hangar, most of them local politicians or the politically active or just volunteers for U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter’s re-election campaign.
His opposition is actually here, too. Veterans who back Rep. Joe Sestak hosted a news conference outside the hangar, criticizing Mr. Specter for running a television commercial that basically says the congressman was fired from his last major naval post.
Bill Walsh, 57, a retired U.S. Navy Captain from Delaware County and a classmate of Mr. Sestak from the Naval Academy, was planning to try to give Mr. Biden a letter from Mr. Sestak urging the vice president to tell Mr. Specter to pull the commercial.
We wrote about it today so I won’t bore you with the details. Needless to say the Sestak vets were upset about it as they have been all week.
“I thought it was despicable, quite frankly,” Mr. Walsh said. “I thought it was desperate and it was completely unfair.”
He later added he was also planning to try to thank the vice president for the service in Iraq by one of Mr. Biden’s sons.
– BORYS KRAWCZENIUK