PA Democratic Primaries May 16 Offer Rich Opportunities

Pennsylvania has 19 congressional seats and a U.S. Senate seat in the November election, making it one of the most important battle grounds in the country. Rick Santorum, one of the most narrow-minded, bigoted, extreme right-wing and corrupt of anyone in the entire Congress, is widely thought to be the incumbent senator with the least chance for survival. Currently among the 19 House members 11 are Republicans, all of the rubber-stamp variety. Not a single one ever stands up against the extremist Bush-DeLay-Boehner agenda. Several of these rubber-stamp Republicans are thought to be in as much jeopardy from the voters as is Santorum, particularly Jim Gerlach (PA-06), Curt Weldon (PA-07), and Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) and possibly Phil English (PA-03).

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Thank You from Joe

I want to thank everyone for the groundswell of support arising from the recent public revelations about my family. Your thoughts, prayers and concerns are truly heard and appreciated.

While we are extremely grateful that your feelings have often taken the form of financial support, I truly believe that our collective feelings and focus are, and should be, on the illness we all hope will someday be cured for everyone.

My wife and I had an amazing experience with the dedicated doctors, nurses and staff at Children's Hospital in Washington D.C. We would be very appreciative if you would consider sending future contributions of this nature to any of the excellent hospitals and treatment centers that are on the frontline in the fight to eradicate pediatric cancer and brain tumors for everyone.

Thank you again for your generous and compassionate words and support.


Joe Sestak

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Weldon attacks cancer treatments for Joe's daughter

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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