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


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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