Curt Weldon: A Cruel Bastard
One of the most qualified and impressive of all the "fighting dems," Admiral Joe Sestak, is the Democratic challenger to Rep. Curt Weldon in the 7th District of Pennsylvania.
Sestak graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and received a Ph.D in Political Economy and Government from Harvard. He reached the rank of Vice Admiral after spending 31 years in the Navy, then served as Director of Defense Policy under Bill Clinton.
Sestak also has a young daughter with a malignant brain tumor. Sestak and his wife bought a home in Virginia while their daugther was being treated at the Children's Medical Center there, though they continued to rent a residence in the Pennsylvania district where he is running.
Rep. Weldon had the temerity to attack Sestak for living in Virginia at the time, and said that Weldon should have had his daughter treated in a Pennsylvania hospital. Via The Hill newspaper:
"Weldon attacked Sestak’s decision to continue owning a home in Virginia while only renting in Pennsylvania and questioned why Sestak did not move back to Pennsylvania when he was working at the Pentagon. Weldon commutes from Pennsylvania each day.Does Weldon really believe it is either politically potent or morally acceptable to attack his opponent for the manner in which he chose to seek medical care for his tumor-afflicted child? Is there some bizarre political calculus behind this, or is the man just a cruel, uncompassionate bastard?
Weldon also suggested Sestak should have sent his daughter to a hospital in Philadelphia or Delaware, rather than the Washington hospital. Sestak said that as soon as doctors give his daughter the all-clear, he’ll buy in Pennsylvania."