Joe Sestak says no gov run, mulls US Senate

Posted: 11:17 AM EDT May 14, 2013   Updated: 2:21 PM EDT May 14, 2013
Joe Sestak

A former U.S. congressman said Tuesday that he won't run for the Pennsylvania governor's job, but he is looking into a second bid for the U.S. Senate.

Joe Sestak told The Associated Press that he is strongly considering making a second bid for the U.S. Senate in 2016 against Republican Sen. Pat Toomey.

In an interview Tuesday, Sestak told the AP the U.S. Senate is racked by a lack of trust and "careening from crisis to crisis." The former Navy vice admiral from Delaware County said he believes his skills would be most useful in the Senate instead of the governor's office.

Sestak beat Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter in the 2010 Democratic primary but narrowly lost to Toomey in the general election.

Toomey said he's not thinking about his 2016 re-election campaign just yet.

Sestak said he will "fully support" whomever the Democratic Party selects to challenge Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.