Scoles Withdraws, Endorses Former Vice Admiral Joe Sestak - 2/1/2006
DELAWARE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY
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Clifford E. Wilson
February 1, 2006
Scoles Withdraws, Endorses Former Vice Admiral Joe Sestak
Media … Paul Scoles, Democratic Candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania's
Seventh District, today announced he is withdrawing from the race for Congress
and endorsing Former Vice Admiral Joe Sestak, of Springfield.
Sestak announced his candidacy today at a press conference with Paul Scoles,
Delaware County Democratic Party Chair Cliff Wilson, Party First Vice Chair
Tony Campisi and representatives from the Chester and Montgomery County
Sestak, of Springfield, recently retired from the United States Navy, where
he commanded the USS George Washington battle group in the Indian Ocean in
the War in Afghanistan. He He also served in the Office of the President of
the United States as the Director for Defense Policy on the National Security
Council staff at the White House. In addition to his stellar Naval career,
Sestak has a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Political
Economy and Government from Harvard University.
Scoles, who also serves as Chair of the Haverford Democratic Committee and
Vice Chair of the Delaware County Democratic Party, ran against Weldon in 2004
and, in a 90-day campaign, achieved the highest vote percentage ever against
incumbent Republican Curt Weldon. Scoles stepped aside today in order to
unify the Democratic Party behind a candidate with credentials, resources and
roots in the district. "The number one goal of my campaign has been to get Curt
Weldon out of Congress. I have come to the conclusion that the best
candidate to do that is Joe Sestak," said Scoles.
"This is a tremendous political development that offfers us an opportunity
to play a pivotal role in the 2006 campaign to Take Back America," said
Wilson. "I commend Paul Scoles for his decision to put his party ahead of himself,
and I look forward to a vigorous campaign that will most assuredly end in
victory for Joe Sestak - in May and November."
For more information, contact Cliff Wilson at 610-534-2549.
Joseph A. Sestak, Jr.
After graduating from Cardinal O'Hara High School, Joe Sestak entered the
U.S. Naval Academy from his hometown of Springfield, PA, and graduated with the
class of 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He left the naval service
after almost 31 years in January 2006, after having served as a Vice Admiral.
He has served six sea tours with units of the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets
during which he made seven deployments to Europe, the Persian Gulf and the
western and South Pacific. He served in command of USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58)
named the best overall surface ship in the Atlantic Fleet in the Battenberg
Cup selection, and as Commander, Destroyer Squadron Fourteen. He also served
at sea as Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Two and George Washington Battle
Group deploying to both the Arabian Gulf and the Mediterranean Sea.
Between tours at sea, Joe Sestak earned a master's degree in Public
Administration and a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard
University in Cambridge, Mass.
He served as Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific
Fleet, and on the Joint Staff in the Force Structure Resources and
Assessment Directorate. He also served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations
as Head of the Strategy and Concepts Branch and Director of Strategy and
Policy Division. He was then the Director of the Navy Quadrennial Defense Review,
after which he became the first Director of the Navy Operations Group (Deep
Blue). He also served in the Office of the President of the United States as
the Director for Defense Policy on the National Security Council staff at the
Most recently, he served as Director, Assessment Division/Capability
Analysis Group (N81/N00X). Joe Sestak also served as Deputy Chief of Naval
Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs (N6/N7) on the staff of the Chief of
Joe Sestak is married to the former Susan L. Clark and they have a daughter,