Specter Leads Money Fight, Sestak Raises Money With Anita Hill

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October 15, 2009 2:05 p.m.

Rep. Joe Sestak announced he raised $758,000 in third quarter today — and immediately began his quest to raise more by questioning the commitment of his opponent, Sen. Arlen Specter, to women’s rights.

Sestak’s fundraising total was dwarfed by Specter’s. The long-time incumbent and short-time Democrat Specter raised $1.8 million, thanks in no small part, according to the Lehigh Valley Morning Call, to a September fundraiser for Specter hosted by President Obama. Specter announced his fundraising totals on Wednesday.

But today, Sestak made it clear he’s going to keep hitting Specter hard, despite the fundraising mismatch.In a new fundraising video released today, Sestak harkens back to the infamous Clarence Thomas hearings, of which Specter was a well-known player, and the star witness that made the hearings a national sensation. The video comes on the anniversary of Thomas’ Senate confirmation in 1991.

“Arlen trusted Sarah Palin,” the video states, referring to the then-Republican Specter’s endorsement of the McCain-Palin ticket last year. “But he did not trust Anita Hill.”

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