Saturday, July 4, 2015

Primary Day: Al Jazeera On The Specter-Sestak Story

This morning, a film crew from Qatar-based Al Jazeera English stopped in at Aldan Magnet School, outside of Southwest Philadelphia in Congressman Joe Sestak's district, to cover the U.S. Senate race. A Republican official said the reporter was perturbed by the absence of lawn signs for U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, who is fighting for his political life in the Democratic primary against Sestak.

Primary Day: Al Jazeera On The Specter-Sestak Story

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Bill Bender, our man in Delaware County, files this curious report: You know it’s a hot race when the Middle Eastern media shows up in Delaware County.

This morning, a film crew from Qatar-based Al Jazeera English stopped in at Aldan Magnet School, outside of Southwest Philadelphia in Congressman Joe Sestak’s district, to cover the U.S. Senate race. A Republican official said the reporter was perturbed by the absence of lawn signs for U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, who is fighting for his political life in the Democratic primary against Sestak.

"He said, ‘You don’t have any Specter signs around,’ and I said, ‘Well, you’re going to have to talk to the Democrats about that,’" said Aldan GOP leader John McBlain. "He was really kind of almost combative about why those signs weren’t up. I thought maybe he was from the Specter campaign. It was strange."

The film crew plans to swing through Philly today, McBlain said. Turnout has been relatively low due to the rain.

"That was about all of our excitement of the day," McBlain said of the Al Jazeera coverage.
 

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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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