Progressive Senate Candidates Make Closing Arguments

They’re calling it Super Senate Tuesday. Next week on May 18, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas will all hold competitive primaries for the U.S. Senate. All three races offer the progressive movement the chance to defeat lackluster conserva-Dems. (Also Tuesday, the special election to replace the late Rep. Jack Murtha in PA-12 and the non-competitive OR-SEN primary.)

In both Kentucky and Pennsylvania, progressive candidates down roughly 20 points just a month or two ago are now in dead heats against inferior opponents. In Kentucky, state Attorney General Jack Conway is squaring off against Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo. Mongiardo is un-electable in a general, conservative (he agrees with Mitch McConnell on health care!), and possibly corrupt. Conway is none of those things, and yet a new Daily Kos poll has Mongiardo winning 39-36. SurveyUSA has it virtually tied at Mongiardo 38, Conway 37.

Fortunately, Conway has the momentum. In the past week, he’s picked up endorsements from the Lexington Herald Leader, state auditor Crit Luallen, and former Senator Wendell Ford, who is spending the final four days of the primary campaign barnstorming the state with Conway. Here’s a new video from Conway’s campaign:

Another close race is PA-SEN between retired admiral Rep. Joe Sestak and former Repub Arlen Specter. This race is also tied; Kos calls it 45-43 for Sestak, Muhlenberg tracking says 43-45 for Specter, and Quinnipiac says 44-42 for Specter. Here’s the closing argument from Sestak, a new ad comparing his voting record to Specter’s:

I’ve been very impressed with the last two ads I’ve seen from Sestak’s campaign – this and the one highlighting Specter’s party switch and close ties to Dubya and Palin. The latest news on that ad is that Specter cited a local newscast as proof that Sestak was splicing his words and taking them out of context – and yet himself spliced the newscast and took it out of context to make that point.

I used to support Arlen Specter, but then he tried to smear Admiral Sestak’s military record, making up false charges against a decorated veteran for political gain. There’s little worse in my book. Kentucky’s Daniel Mongiardo isn’t much better than Rand Paul, and we’ll be better off with even a liberal Arlen Specter, so please, support Jack Conway and Joe Sestak today. They’re both close, but need a final push – especially in Sestak’s case, where a tie favors Specter’s organizational advantage.

Also happening, Lt. Gov. Bill Halter is still well behind incumbent Senator Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas. I still think she’ll get 50% of the vote, but he is catching up, so maybe show him some love too and we can knock out several conservative obstructionists at once.

Tags: 2010 midterms, Jack Conway, Daniel Mongiardo, Arlen Specter, Joe Sestak, PA-Sen, AR-Sen, KY-Sen (all tags)




Isn't he more of a blue dog?  Haven't followed it too closely, but do know he's in favor of ME occupation; bailouts too? 

by Jerome Armstrong 2010-05-14 06:46PM | 0 recs
RE: sestak

Less of a Blue Dog than Specter. Gets a 97 from the AFL-CIO, 100 from the AFSCME, a 5 from Americans for Taxpayer Reform, and a 4 from the Club for Growth. Compare to Specter's 61, 56, 65, and 39.

Everyone's in favor of the bailouts when it's not an election year. That's why we need to break up the banks and get rid of too-big-to-fail.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-05-14 06:50PM | 1 recs
I have a bad feeling about all three races

I bet we go 0-3 next Tuesday. Forcing a runoff in Arkansas is possible, but I just don't think Sestak or Conway will get over the top.

I don't understand why so many people in PA and KY want to nominate people who will lose the general election. It seems so obvious that Sestak and Conway are more electable, in addition to being better potential senators.

by desmoinesdem 2010-05-14 07:28PM | 0 recs
RE: I have a bad feeling about all three races

Did Sestak peak too soon?  He might have.  One reason why Democrats pick unelectable candidates in primaries is because the voters who could make the difference aren't voting.  They're so disengaged (unenthusiatic drop-off voters), that they aren't participating.  That leaves an establishment-oriented primary electorate.

I think this is part of the enthusiam gap.

by esconded 2010-05-14 08:22PM | 0 recs
RE: I have a bad feeling about all three races

Well, "the electable" argument voter is wrong a lots too, thinking of Kerry in Iowa in '04, or Deeds in VA in '09, where that was the sum of the argument for the tipping point voters.

by Jerome Armstrong 2010-05-16 09:16AM | 0 recs
RE: I have a bad feeling about all three races

I can see that argument being made about Sestak maybe perhaps, but in Conway's case, Mongiardo has already and lost this same race against an easier opponent, and now he's got ethics scandals around his neck as well.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-05-16 10:39AM | 0 recs


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