After making personal attack, Sestak denounces personal attacks

Congressman Joe Sestak’s campaign has just released a statement criticizing Senator Arlen Specter for questioning why Sestak staffers are earning paltry salaries.

“Part of what really turns Pennsylvanians off about Washington politics is the negativity and the personal attacks.  Arlen Specter has used language to make people think I’m a criminal and a deserter after 31 years in the military. The worst I’ve ever said about Arlen Specter is that he was a Republican. For 30 years, Arlen Specter has used these kinds of dishonest attacks against Pennsylvania Democrats. Soon, we Democrats will get the chance to say whether we think that’s the way politics should be conducted.”

However, during a Friday interview Sestak told me, “I think it’s kind of ironic for Senator Specter to give any lectures about staff, given his well-documented issues with having staff members warm up his classic Jaguar or line up squash partners when he’s traveling abroad.”

Not the most flame-throwing language ever uttered — but certainly more personal than “he’s a Republican.”


About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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