Propaganda from PADems and My Response
Mary Isenhour of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party sent me (and everyone else on the mailing list) this message this afternoon:
Stunned – just stunned. That’s what I was when I heard Joe Sestak on CNN yesterday morning refuse to commit to supporting whoever the Democratic nominee is against Pat Toomey in November.
Before yesterday morning, I could not have honestly told you who I was going to vote for when I walked into the voting booth on Tuesday. Just because Chairman Rooney and Governor Rendell are supporting Senator Specter, I always figured that once in that voting booth, my vote was my own.
But with his remarks yesterday morning, Congressman Sestak not only lost my vote – he lost my respect.
Throughout this hard-fought battle, I have always tried to show Congressman Sestak respect as a member of our Party and as a sitting member of Congress.
But, for him to say yesterday that he may support Pat Toomey in November is completely unacceptable in my book – and as a Democrat, it should be in yours too.
Pat Toomey is bad for Pennsylvania. He is a tool of Wall Street. He wants to take away my rights as a woman. Democrats must come together in November to do whatever we can to defeat him. That includes Joe Sestak and Arlen Specter.
Arlen Specter did not hesitate when asked if he would support the Democratic nominee in November – his answer was a resounding yes.
Ed Rendell or T. J. Rooney did not solidify my vote for Arlen Specter. Joe Sestak did.
Congressman – After all these years, I am so disappointed in you. What are you thinking?
Pennsylvania Democratic Party
I decided to write her back:
Your message is thoroughly unconvincing and it is a distortion of the facts. Furthermore, your scare tactics are offensive. Why should you be afraid of Pat Toomey taking away your reproductive rights when we already have Bart Stupek and Bob Casey Jr. to do it close to home?
Joe Sestak, like any citizen of the United States of America does not have to commit to voting for any candidate for the benefit of any organisation. In fact, I would go so far as to say that Joe Sestak and I are very much alike in that we vote with our intellect, gut and consciences. To put things bluntly: refusing to stump for Arlen Specter before the primary (and we should wait for the voters to have their say, should we not) does not an endorsement of Pat Toomey make.
I've volunteered for the Sestak campaign for months now and frankly, despite myself and how cynical I sometimes feel about the political process, I remain impressed with the Congressman. He comes off as one of the most genuine and caring individuals in the realm of what should always be public service above all else (yet sadly often isn't). Frankly, Arlen Specter is not a candidate I was very enthusiastic about to begin with and frankly, he lost my vote when he came charging out against Sestak with a Swift-Boat style attack ad. Should Specter be the nominee, I will write in a vote of "None of the Above" come November - in a Specter/Toomey race, there will be no acceptable candidates to represent Pennsylvania in the Senate. I have to come to the point where I am uncompromising with my vote and will not choose the "lesser of two evils." Congressman Sestak, however, has solidly locked in my vote - both on primary day and in November.
The Democratic Party is currently on the wrong path, which is why despite my continued membership in the party, I am an independently-minded voter. I vote in primaries in a perhaps naive attempt to correct the direction of the party and hopefully avert disaster. At present, the Democratic Party has not earned my loyalty, as the establishment sees fit to slap any candidate on the ballot who makes a deal with the party bigwigs. I find this completely unacceptable.
If Sestak is not running against Toomey by the time the polls close tomorrow, there will no further support for the Democratic candidate in the Senate race from me. I have better things to do with my time than to back candidates who don't deserve it.
I am in a powerful anti-incumbent mood, wouldn't you say? I also maintain my registration as a Democrat because with access comes some minute privileges.