Pennsylvania Senate hopeful Joe Sestak gets bipartisan endorsements
The Independent-turned-Democrat Senate hopeful, Joe Sestak, has secured numerous high profile endorsements from both sides of the aisle. Sestak has support from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Former President Bill Clinton, and most recently, Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel. In 2007, Bloomberg changed his party affiliation from Republican to Independent. Fmr. Senator Chuck Hagel is a Republican.
Hagel told The Associated Press that “Sestak has demonstrated during his two terms in Congress that he puts what’s best for the country before the interests of his party.” According to The Associated Press, Hagel intends on formally announcing his endorsement of Sestak on Tuesday in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Sen. Hagel served in the U.S. Senate from 1997 to 2009, and fought in the Vietnam War, for which he received the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, two Purple Hearts, Army Commendation Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
In September 2006, Sestak’s opponent in Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district election, Republican Curt Weldon, had a commanding 19 point lead according to polls. By the end of October, Sestak transformed the -19 point spread into a +7 spread, and ended up winning the election by over 12 percentage points.