Once upon a time, Joe Sestak thumbed his nose at Democratic establishment and primaried party-pick Arlen Specter for theU.S. Senate. As the story goes, he beat Specter, but lost in the general election to Pat Toomey.
Now, the former U.S. congressman is back, bucking the establishment again by backing attorney Matt Cartwright over former colleague and 19-year incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Holden in the Democratic primary.
The effusive Admiral is joining Cartwright for a rally in downtown Easton on Saturday afternoon, a few days ahead of Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary.
Holden, a moderate Democrat, is being targeted by the types of left wing groups that backed Sestak two years ago. Cartwright is running to the left of Holden, calling himself a member of the "Democratic wing of the Democratic Party," but as reported in The Morning Call Friday he shares Holden's opposition on abortion and gun control.
Holden is fighting desperately for his political career as Cartwright builds momentum in the final days. Holden, who represented more conservative constituents for the last ten years, was redistricted into a more Democratic district this year.