Shapiro’s Out, And “Democrats Are Nervous” In Pennsylvania

Last week, Politico reported that “Democrats are nervous” about their chances to win a Senate seat in Pennsylvania. Joe Sestak’s anemic fundraising and embarrassing walking tour have gone so poorly, that Dems are looking for someone, anyone, to run against him.

But on Saturday, their white knight announced he will not be coming to their rescue:

Senior Democrats had been encouraging [Montgomery County Commissioner Chairman Josh] Shapiro to jump into the primary against Joe Sestak, a retired Navy rear admiral and former Delaware County congressman who lost a close race to Toomey in 2010 but who also has a strained relationship with members of the party establishment.

Shapiro, however, telephoned the three Senate Democrats who had been encouraging him – minority leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), New York’s Chuck Schumer and Montana’s Jon Tester, the chairman of the national party’s Senate campaign committee – last week to decline.

As a result, longtime political handicapper Larry Sabato moved the PA Senate race from toss up to “leans Republican.” Why? Because Democrats “loathe” Sestak and are “not especially fond of any of the alternatives, either,” according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Be sure to stay tuned while national Democrats continue to sabotage their own candidate in Pennsylvania!