In PA, DSCC spending heavily on Specter as Sestak is ‘within striking distance’

Hotline On Call is reporting that the DSCC is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of Arlen Specter in his primary against Joe Sestak:

The DSCC is spending a significant amount of money to ensure a former GOP Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) wins his May 18 primary, sources with knowledge of the move tell Hotline OnCall.

One source said the DSCC is using coordinated funds to help Specter keep a robust TV presence. Ads that tout Specter’s candidacy now say they are paid for by the DSCC; last week, the disclaimers on the same ads indicated Specter’s campaign had paid for them.

All told, Specter and the DSCC spent about $407K on the joint ad buy last week. A second source said the DSCC’s contribution is about three-quarters of that amount, or around $300K.

With so many tough races this fall, this seems like real waste of resources. That’s all I can say.

Today, there are two public polls showing that Sestak is within single digits of Specter. The Quinnipiac/Muhlenberg Daily Tracking poll for the Morning Call has the race at 46% – 42% today.

Quinnipiac’s latest statewide poll shows Sestak with “striking distance”:

U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak is within striking distance of U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, trailing the long-time incumbent 47 – 39 percent among likely primary voters, compared to his 53 – 32 percent gap April 7, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

The primary is two weeks from today, May 18th.

I don’t really trust Arlen Specter. Never have. It doesn’t help that just last week he was wondering if he should have stayed a Republican. There’s a choice here between a solid progressive, Joe Sestak, and Specter. I’m pulling for Joe.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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