Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Obama Pushes Specter Over Sestak

SOP is going to predict a victory for Joseph Sestak ahead of today's election. Polls have the race neck and not so neck.

In 2006 Sestak unseated Curt Weldon to take back a Republican held seat in Congress. It is somewhat perplexing that Obama is pushing Specter the Defector over Sestak on claims that Specter is an ally.

Jake Tapper reports that Obama's campaign arm is calling for a grassroots effort to push Specter through Organizing For America.

Organizing for America, the former grass-roots campaign arm for President Obama’s 2008 campaign, is trying to rally supporters to phone bank and get out the vote in Pennsylvania for Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Penn., the former Republican locked in a tight primary race with a far more progressive Democrat, Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Penn.

Chris Bolling, the national volunteer coordinator for OFA, writes in an email that the “stakes of this election are high: ensuring that allies of the President are elected in the House and Senate to fight for change. So starting this weekend, through Tuesday's election, there will be phone banks for OFA volunteers in D.C. We'll call into Pennsylvania and encourage voters to support leaders who will fight for President Obama's vision for change.”

During the 111th Congress, Sestak voted with the Democratic majority for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, and the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Can the President ask for a better ally?

Or should the question really be what has Specter promised in terms of votes to Obama in return for his support?

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