Tim Kaine, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, issued the following statement about the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary.
(read the full statement after the jump)
“Today, Pennsylvania voters had a choice between Congressman Joe Sestak and Senator Arlen Specter. Congressman Sestak and Senator Specter both campaigned tirelessly across the Keystone State in support of President Obama’s efforts to help middle-class Americans. I congratulate them both on a hard-fought campaign. This race came down to the wire, but ultimately Democratic voters in Pennsylvania have decided that Congressman Sestak is the best man to fight for them in Washington.
“As the highest-ranking former military officer ever elected to Congress, Joe Sestak has served our country with honor. In the Senate, as he has done in the House of Representatives, Joe Sestak will stand up for the needs of Pennsylvania workers and families.
“Come November, the choice for Pennsylvanians could not be clearer: Congressman Sestak, who has fought for middle-class Americans; or ultra-conservative Republican Pat Toomey, a former Wall Street derivatives trader who would represent instead the powerful special interests funding his campaign and who during his brief tenure in Congress had a right wing voting record that would make Rick Santorum look like a moderate. While Joe Sestak has been working with President Obama to turn Pennsylvania and our country around, Pat Toomey would have sacrificed that progress to the politics of obstruction practiced by Washington Republicans by opposing the Recovery Act, Health Reform, Student Loan Reform and Wall Street Reform.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank Senator Specter for his decades of service to the people of Pennsylvania and the nation and for his work this past year with President Obama and Senate Democrats to put America on the road to recovery. Senator Specter has had a distinguished career and we look forward to continuing to work with him in the months ahead as we continue to move our country forward.”