APNewsBreak: Top Dems seek alternative Pa. Senate candidate

AP News
Posted: Apr 09, 2015 5:19 PM

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Top Democrats are pressuring a former state lawmaker who heads Pennsylvania's third most populous county to run for the U.S. Senate. It's a reflection of the party's unease with second-time candidate Joe Sestak.

Two people familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press this week that Democratic Senate leaders, including New York's Chuck Schumer and the head of the Senate Democrats' campaign arm, Montana's Jon Tester, have spoken with Josh Shapiro.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they didn't want to be named divulging private conversations.

Shapiro is chairman of Montgomery County's commissioners. He declined comment.

A bid by Shapiro could set up a contested 2016 primary to take on first-term Republican Sen. Pat Toomey.

Sestak is a former congressman who lost to Toomey in 2010.