From the diaries--Chris
Curt Weldon has taking Republican slime politics to an all new low, attacking Joe Sestak for having his 5 year old daughter treated for a malignant brain tumor in Virginia, not Pennyslvania.
A recent article in the Hill summarizes all the slime thrown by Weldon in his desperation: accusing Sestak, a native-born son who spent the last 19 years in the Navy, of being a carpetbagger; trying to swiftboat Joe's distinguished military record; and now, in the lowest of all attacks, questioning Joe's decision to seek the best care for his 5 year old daughter, Alexandra, when she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.
Atrios posted on this earlier, and found the attack deplorable enough to add Joe to the Eschaton community list.
Here's what Joe had to say:
"Congressman Weldon's remarks to the Hill magazine in a story published this morning regarding my daughter Alex's treatment are inappropriate. To imply, that I should have sent my daughter to a hospital in Delaware or Pennsylvania for political purposes is beyond the pale.
I understand the political arena. I knew that this campaign would thrust my family into the media spotlight and we are prepared for that. But I want to make it very clear to Congressman Weldon, that any remarks regarding my daughter, Alexandria's, treatment will not be tolerated.
Like many families dealing with illness, we have had our challenges in the last year. Through the grace of God, the many prayers of our friends and family, and the wonderful doctors and nurses, we have made it through this experience with our daughter Alex, who continues to inspire us everyday.
Though we recognize the important work done by the many hospitals in and around Philadelphia, it was our personal choice to have Alex treated in Washington at the Children's Hospital because of its outstanding work on pediatric brain tumors. This decision was based on many things - none of which were political.
This was our choice as Alex's parents and as I have said publicly, I believe these medical choices should be left in the hands of parents and family members throughout the country and not in the hands of bureaucrats, special interests and especially not in the hands of politicians like Curt Weldon."
Tell Curt Weldon he should be ashamed of himself:
(202) 225-2011 (DC office)
(610) 259-0700 (PA office)
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