Sestak: Specter Better Shape Up

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Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) is starting to sound like a guy whose road to the Senate has just been hit by an avalanche. A 79-year-old, recently Republican avalanche. Earlier today on MSNBC, he reiterated his doubts about Sen. Arlen Specter’s move into the Democratic party. But, at the end of his appearance, he almost explicitly threatened to run for the Senate if Specter didn’t quickly prove a good steward of Democratic values.

“I’ll wait and see. Is he gonna be for what we believe in. if it’s not good for Pennsylvania, well then we’ll make that decision.”

Democratic leaders in Washington and the Pennsylvania political brass have fallen all over themselves to welcome Specter and assure him a safe place in the party. So it’s hard to imagine that this is just an orchestrated attempt to keep Specter in line.

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Brian Beutler is TPM’s senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he’s led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com

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