Politics & Policy

Joe Sestak, Tax Cut Waffler

Last week, Battle ‘10 uncovered a clip of Joe Sestak on Fox Business declaring that raising taxes — on any income level — would be a “hindrance to our recovery.” Sestak came out in favor of maintaining the Bush tax cuts for all earners only 9 months ago, and yet today blasts opponent Pat Toomey for the same position, calling it a ”failed ideology.”

As we asked in our original story, what changed?

Nachama Soloveichik, communications director for Toomey’s campaign, tells Battle ‘10 that it’s the season that changed.

“There was a time in this race when Congressman Sestak was interested in having a serious and genuine policy debate, but over the past couple of months, it has become increasingly clear that Congressman Sestak in only interested in political attacks, even if he doesn’t actually believe the words coming out of his mouth,” said Soloveichik in a statement to Battle ‘10.

“It was not that long ago that Congressman Sestak recognized that raising taxes would be harmful to the economy, but now that we’re in campaign season, he chooses to put politics ahead of Pennsylvania jobs.” 

The Sestak campaign, unfortunately, did not return multiple phone calls.

Update: Mike Barley, communications director for the Pennsylvania GOP, weighs in: ”Joe Sestak has been inconsistent with many of his positions, so I am not surprised to hear that he now supports the largest tax increase in our nation’s history. He is a very liberal congressman and would be a far-left member of the U.S. Senate.”


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