Less than 100 days out from the November elections Congressman Joe Sestak hands the Pat Toomey campaign a sound bite that will live in infamy. In what has to be the weakest attempt of any Democrat to distance themselves from Nancy Pelosi to date, Sestak says he can't decide if Pelosi is a liberal:
Sestak, speaking at the Pennsylvania Press Club, was asked whether he believes Speaker of the House Pelosi is a liberal or a pragmatist. Sestak describes himself as the latter.Really Congressman Sestak? Really??
He said he didn't know, but also said he never looks at her voting record.
Aww, poor guy he is so sensitive about being unfairly linked with Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama:
The subject is especially sensitive for Sestak, who recently lost a battle with Pennsylvania television stations to pull a commercial that says he "gives it 100 percent to Nancy Pelosi." Sestak argued that he hasn't voted with Pelosi every single time (it's about 97 percent ), but the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which paid for the ad, won the argument that on the big issues of the day — health care, energy, economic stimulus — Sestak has voted with Pelosi.Make no mistake, Congressman Sestak stands up against his party if and when it suits his career plans. The rest of the time he can be found voting arm-in-arm with the Obama/Pelosi agenda. Perhaps he is hoping that Pennsylvanians are too busy clinging bitterly to their guns and bibles to notice .
High-profile political figures, such as Pelosi and President Barack Obama, who are linked to so-called liberal policies, are not viewed favorably in many areas of Pennsylvania. For Sestak, his general election rhetoric has been explaining that why his votes with them on most issues is a matter of personal principle, not staunch ideology.
"I will stand up against my party's interest whenever it doesn't help Pennsylvanians," he said.