by John Gizzi,Human Events
GOP Rep. Pat Toomey said his Pennsylvania Senate race opponent Democrat Rep. Joe Sestak was "to the left of Obama"and that the controversy surrounding an administration job offer to Sestak if he quit the Senate primary has not gone away.
Five weeks after Sestak made headlines by defeating Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania’s Democratic primary followed by the controversy over whether he was offered an administration position to abandon his challenge to Specter,the fall contest between Sestak is fast shaping up as the showcase right vs. left Senate race of 2010.
“That’s a pretty accurate description,” Toomey told HUMAN EVENTS in a wide-ranging interview on Saturday,characterizing opponent Sestak as “not only to the left of Arlen Specter to the left of Barack Obama.”
In the interview before he addressed a cheering Eagle Forum event at the Aronomink Golf Club Saturday night,former three-term Rep. Toomey left little doubt he would run a strong campaign contrasting his own solidly conservative record in Congress (lifetime American Conservative Union rating:97%) with that of Sestak,whom he noted “has a 100% rating from NARAL [the National Abortion Rights Action League],an ‘F’ from the National Rifle Association and votes 100% of the time with Nancy Pelosi.”