Salena Zito: Obama, DSCC chair Sen. Bob Menendez, Arlen Specter so far unsuccessful at bullying Dem. Congressman Joe Sestak out of the 2010 Pennsylvania Senate race

RCP:

Word out of Washington is that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the political wise-guys from the Obama administration plan on “visiting with” Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. Joe Sestak. Their objective? A clear message: Get off of the stage and out of a possible primary race against “incumbent” Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter.

“I have received a call from DSCC chair Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey,” admitted Sestak in an interview. “But we keep missing each other.”

Probably a good thing for both men at this moment: Sestak has no inclination to be pushed out of a race and Menendez’s marching orders from the White House are to not only push but shove.

“Joe Sestak is a very credible candidate,” said Larry Ceisler, a Philadelphia-based political consultant. “If Specter would have stayed in the GOP, I believe Sestak would have been the Democratic nominee.”

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