By Carole on Jun 6, 2010
Over the past two weeks what President Barack Obama dubbed "the Sestak issue" has focused national attention on the shady (and possibly illegal) backroom dealing by the current administration. But what has garnered little attention until now is the effect the issue has had on Representative Joe Sestak (D-Pennsylvania) himself.
Representative Sestak first alleged that the Obama administration offered him a high ranking federal job to drop out of his primary race and then back pedaled to confirm the administration's story that he was only offered an unpaid position on an advisory board by former President Bill Clinton.
As we enter the fourth week of the official campaign for the US Senate, Representative Sestak has already lost the small bounce in the polls that he gained by defeating incumbent Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pennsylvania) in that primary. Immediately after his victory, Mr. Sestak led his Republican opponent Pat Toomey by a slim 4 point margin (46%-42%). But after revealing himself to be a liar (either he lied when he said he was offered a high ranking federal job by the administration or he lied when he said he was offered an unpaid advisory position by Mr. Clinton), he is now trailing the Republican by 8 points (46% - 38%). Also according to the new poll, 52% of voters say the job offer scandal is at least somewhat important to how they will vote in November. (source)
Since the campaign began in earnest, Mr. Toomey has spoken out against President Obama's moratorium on off-shore drilling saying that while the Gulf Coast oil spill is a "huge disaster," the president might have gone too far in declaring a moratorium. Mr. Sestak, of course, supports the Obama decision claiming the Interior Department needs to reestablish standards and safety regulations before drilling resumes. (source)
Representative Sestak has also supported the Wall Street and automobile company bailouts, the $800+ billion non-stimulating stimulus bill, the obscenely expensive and hugely unpopular Obamacare debacle, cap-and-trade energy legislation designed to irreparably harm small businesses and kill jobs; virtually every item on the deficit raising, far-left tilting list of failures and proposed failures known as the Obama agenda. Mr. Toomey opposes them all. (source) Considering the voters' increasing dissatisfaction with that agenda, expect the trend in the polls to continue going Pat Toomey's way.
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