PoliticsPA is reporting that President Obama — whom more dislike than approve of in the Commonwealth — will be coming to Philadelphia on Sept. 20 to fundraise for Joe Sestak. As of the last filing deadline earlier this summer, Sestak trailed Toomey in fundraising with just $2.1 million to Toomey’s nearly $4.7 million.
Sestak made headlines last month for saying he would prefer Michelle Obama over the president, if either were to campaign with him.
It’s the first event Obama will have held for Sestak since the candidate defeated incumbent Democrat Senator Arlen Specter, whom the president supported. Sestak challenged Specter against the wishes of the president, who also held a fundraiser in Philadelphia for Specter before the primary, and the rest of the Democratic Party.
“We’re honored that the President would do an event with Joe during his trip to Pennsylvania,” said spokesman Jonathon Dworkin in a statement. “He and Joe may have had their differences, but they can agree that it is critical to elect a Senator who will put Pennsylvania’s working families first.”