2010-10-21 / Local & State

Newspapers Split Nods In Senate Race

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Two western Pennsylvania newspapers have made opposing endorsements in the U.S. Senate race.

The Pittsburgh Post- Gazette endorsed Democrat Joe Sestak on Sunday while the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review gave its nod to Republican Pat Toomey.

The Post-Gazette called Sestak “the voice of reason in a season of anger.’’ The paper said Toomey was an amiable candidate but his voting record would resemble that of former Sen. Rick Santorum. Sestak’s views, the paper said, were “in sync with the state.’’

The Tribune-Review called Toomey “a conservative’s conservative’’ and Sestak a “liberal’s liberal.’’ But while saying the military experience of Sestak, a retired Navy admiral, would be an asset in the Senate, the paper said “the nation no longer can abide his kind of failed liberal public policy prescriptions.’’

The Tribune-Review also endorsed Republican Tom Corbett in the Pennsylvania governor’s race, criticizing Democrat Dan Onorato’s record as chief executive of Allegheny County and saying “the commonwealth cannot survive a third Ed Rendell term.’’

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