Obama Decides HE Will Choose Who Runs For Congress Come 2010? (Updated 5-22)

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Is the Obama administration forcing Democratic challengers to favored Congressional incumbents to step aside for the 2010 election?

Yesterday it was reported that Joe Torsella from Pennsylvania mysteriously dropped out of the hunt for the 2010 Democrat U.S. Senate seat even though he had raised well over half a million dollars in the first three months of the year and was fully prepared to make a strong run for office.

Apparently Torsella was the only big name Democrat running for the seat until “Benedict” Specter flipped recently from the GOP to the Democrats once he realized his washed up career would be over if he remained a Republican or pulled a Joe Lieberman and became an “Independent” in his bid for another six year Senate term. Evidently the Obama administration isn’t feeling all that confident Specter can win the Pennsylvania Democrat Senate primary either and perhaps that would be the reason the most potent threat to the furtherance of his political career has “decided” to just walk away.

From TheHill.com,

Democrat Joe Torsella is exiting the race for Pennsylvania’s Senate seat, stepping aside for newly Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) and clearing the primary field — for the moment, at least.

Torsella, a former deputy mayor of Philadelphia and head of the National Constitution Center, was the only major Democrat in the race until Specter switched parties last month. He raised a very respectable $600,000 in the first quarter and vowed to stay in the race after Specter switched.

On Thursday, though, Torsella said in a video that he will no longer be a candidate.

“Now that the dust has settled, it’s clear to me that the kind of campaign that this would become is not the kind of campaign you or I signed up for,” Torsella said. “It will probably be negative, personal and more about Sen. Specter’s past than about our common future.”

Attention will now turn to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), who has continued to make noise about Specter’s party switch and a possible primary.

Since the switch, Democratic leaders in Washington, including President Obama, have announced their support for Specter.

At the end of the short article Torsella claimed he will return all donations and that he will not receive anything for bowing out of the race before the party even gets started.

Sure thing Joe except we are quite familiar with how the Chicago political machine works and we know better. I guess we’ll just have to leave it to our imaginations what kind of damaging and or embarrassing information would have quickly come forth about Torsella had he been obstinate enough to stay in the game.

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Now today it was reported that Obama was pushing his weight around in New York when he “asked” U.S. Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) to drop out of the 2010 race for former Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat held by appointee Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, the former strong pro gun Representative who has performed a stunning 180 on her Second Amendment support since becoming a U.S. Senator.

Again from TheHill.com,

At President Obama’s urging, Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) said Friday that he will not run against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in 2010.

Israel is one of three members of the state’s House delegation who have been weighing a primary challenge to Gillibrand, who was appointed to replace Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Senate. He was easily the best funded, and media reports have stated in recent days that he would enter the race.

But Israel said in a statement that Obama asked him Friday to step aside, and he will do so.

Of course Obama did carry both Pennsylvania and New York so perhaps this is just part of a simple and efficient gameplan where he will pick and choose who will run for office and who will eventually become members of Congress representing the people that live in those states. Yeah, that’s how it’s supposed to work in a Representative Republic.

By the way this is quite similar to what he is doing with our banks and automobile companies. Meanwhile the Republicans just stand there shuffling their feet with hands thrust deeply into their pants pockets, looking sheepishly at the floor deathly afraid to challenge the messiah.

Update 5-22:

New York’s City Hall News reports that President Obama’s request that Steve Israel stand down from a New York Senate primary was accompanied by blunter words from Rahm:

According to several sources familiar with the conversation, the White House chief of staff made it very clear to Israel that the administration didn’t want him to run and that they would use their considerable political might to ensure his defeat if he did.

Among other things, Emanuel reportedly told Israel that President Obama himself would campaign against Israel throughout the black neighborhoods of New York City if Israel went forward with his primary campaign.

UPDATE: An Israel aide partially denies the story.

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