TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Sestak: Not interested in Corbett's job, but maybe Toomey's

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 11:05 a.m.
 

HARRISBURG — Former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he won't run for governor next year but is strongly considering a rematch against Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in 2016.

The Democrat told the AP in an interview that the U.S. Senate is racked by a lack of trust and “careening from crisis to crisis.” The retired Navy vice admiral said he believes his skills would be more useful in the Senate instead of the governor's office.

“I have spent a lot of time listening to and talking with the people of Pennsylvania ... in their homes, at diners, coffee shops, in labor and small business gatherings, and VFW halls,” he said. “The government of the people has rarely been held in such low regard by the people, undermining our sense of unity — what we stand for and what we are capable of.”

Sestak beat Republican-turned-Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter in the 2010 Democratic primary, but narrowly lost to Toomey in the general election.

Sestak said he will “fully support” whomever the Democratic Party picks to challenge Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. Already, there are more than a half-dozen declared and prospective candidates.

Sestak, who had previously held open the possibility of a gubernatorial campaign, raised $460,000 in the first quarter of this year.

The state Republican Party recently filed a complaint against Sestak with the Federal Election Commission, contending that he should have declared which office he is seeking once he raised more than $5,000.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Lowly job likely awaits former Pittsburgh police Chief Harper on release from prison
  2. Cole outduels Mets rookie, carries Pirates to victory
  3. Sharpsburg marina home to pontoon boat rental company
  4. Giant hole forms near golf course
  5. Hempfield pair caught in vehicle scam
  6. Pirates’ McCutchen laughs off pay stub leak
  7. Pirates notebook: Stewart, Cole develop rapport
  8. Look for 1st rate hike this year, Yellen says
  9. WPIAL players take control of early rounds at PIAA tennis tournament
  10. Daily News League roundup: Nusser’s no-hitter leads Clancy’s to win
  11. Backyard sheds reimagined as pubs, studios, getaways