Saturday, April 08, 2006

Quack! Quack!

Watching Curt Weldon trying to finesse his first serious political challenge in 20 years is like watching a duck trying to make love to a football.

Recent example: Weldon's remarks about the daughter of his opponent, Joe Sestak.

Here's the set up: The Hill, a Washington, D.C. daily on politics, does a story about Weldon's race v. Democrat Joe Sestak in Delaware County's 7th Congressional District. Weldon is clearly trying to get a hook into Sestak for being a carpetbagger. This is how he pitches it to The Hill reporter:

" Weldon attacked Sestak’s decision to continue owning a home in Virginia while only renting in Pennsylvania and questioned why Sestak did not move back to Pennsylvania when he was working at the Pentagon. Weldon commutes from Pennsylvania each day.


Weldon also suggested Sestak should have sent his daughter to a hospital in Philadelphia or Delaware, rather than the Washington hospital. Sestak said that as soon as doctors give his daughter the all-clear, he’ll buy in Pennsylvania."

Sestak was born and raised in Delco, but spent 31 years in the Navy before retiring in January. Last year, his daughter, Alexandra, now 4, was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor and given months to live. Sestak was still in the Navy, stationed at the Pentagon and living in the Washington area, so he and his wife took the kid for treatment at Children's National Medical Center in D.C. After months of treatment, her cancer is in remission. Mother and daughter continue to reside in D.C. while those treatments continue.

Weldon's campaign manager tries to dig him out in Tom Fitzgerald's story in the Inquirer.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I'm Weldon the last thing I want to do is mention my opponent's daughter.

Wasn't there news about Weldon's daughter a couple of years ago centering on lobbying some (Russian?) firms with Daddy Curt? I don't remember any particulars but I wouldn't be inviting comparisons of candidates daughters if I'm Weldon.

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