Politico: Renegade Dems buck Obama; Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania and Carolyn Maloney of New York


Two House Democrats,Joe Sestakof Pennsylvania and Carolyn Maloney of New York, are poised to defy the unambiguous wishes of Obama and challenge incumbent senators of their own party.

Both indicated to POLITICO that they were likely to run – and would do so regardless of what Obama said.

Sestak, a second-term Philadelphia-area congressman and retired admiral, said he was just over a month away from announcing his intention to challenge Republican-turned-Democrat Sen.Arlen Specter.

“I understand the very short-term, expedient desire to have the insurance of a 60th vote,” Sestak said, speaking of the implications of Specter’s April party switch and why the longtime senator was so quickly embraced by the administration.

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