In Pennsylvania, it's the Admiral Vs. the Firefighter

A key Congressional battle pits two local boys against each other. The Republican, a former volunteer fire chief, has been in power for 20 years but now faces a formidable candidate

The military is the institution in our society that best reflects the values of the Democratic Party," says retired Vice Admiral Joe Sestak, the Democratic candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania's Seventh District. This is a wonderful, underutilized political technique, the "Huh? Tell me more!" statement. And the small gathering of neighbors in Barbara and Charles Blum's Hershey's Mill living room is all ears. Sestak explains that the military provides universal health-care coverage and substantial educational benefits—"I was able to get a Ph.D. from Harvard," he says—and it has also been a...

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