Friday, February 12, 2016

Sestak mum on plans, raises $460,000

Former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak raised $460,000 in campaign money in the first three months of 2013, though is mum on what office he might be seeking.

Sestak mum on plans, raises $460,000

Former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., speaks to members of the media after he cast his ballot as a senatorial candidate in Gradyville, Pa., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) AP

Whatever Joe Sestak’s plans are remain locked inside his own mind, but there is a strong sign that he’s running for something.

The former 7th District congressman and retired rear admiral raised $460,000 over the first three months of the year, according to a quarterly Federal Election Commission report filed April 20.


Sestak, 61, was the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in 2010 and came within two percentage points of winning in a massive wave election for Republicans. He has dodged reporters’ questions for months about whether he wants to run for governor in 2014, as some supporters have urged, or to seek a rematch with Sen. Pat Toomey (R.,Pa.) in 2016 – or some other plan altogether.

UPDATE: A Sestak spokesman released the following statement Monday: "Admiral Sestak has spoken recently with a number of people who not only encouraged him to serve again, but in the last few weeks contributed to an effort for him to further explore public service."


If he wants to be governor, Sestak would be able to transfer money from the federal campaign committee to a state committee, as U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz recently did for her own gubernatorial campaign.

In mid March, Sestak changed the name of the committee from “Sestak for Senate” to the more inclusive “Friends of Joe Sestak,” according to federal records. The receipts, all from individual donors are marked for either the primary or the general election of 2014, or both. Many donors gave the maximum of $5,200.

Sestak did not respond to a request to elaborate on his statement.

 He has been active in the political conversation, including advocating for an end to the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriages performed legally in the nine states that allow it. He has made frequent appearances on cable TV, as well as speeches.

 In addition, Sestak has recently begun part-time teaching jobs at Cheyney University and Carnegie Mellon University.

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