By Aaron Blake - 07/01/09 11:04 AM EDT
Rep. Joe Sestak (Pa.) said Wednesday he will challenge Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.), becoming the second House Democrat in the past few hours seeking to unseat an incumbent Senate Democrat.
“I am going to get into the race against Arlen Specter in the Democratic race for senator,” Sestak told the Wayne Independent on Wednesday morning.
An adviser to Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Paul Blank, also said Wednesday that she would challenge Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOvernight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas Senate Dems call for investigation into Wells Fargo's wage practices Fears mount that Obama will change course on Israel in final months MORE (D-N.Y.) in a primary.
Gillibrand was appointed to her seat, while Specter switched parties two months ago after serving as Republican in the Senate since 1980. Both states have gone blue in recent elections but could be competitive, given the right situation. A bloody primary would be a welcome sight for ambitious Republicans hoping to take the seats.
Sestak is in Wayne County launching his statewide tour of all of the state’s 67 counties.