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Sestak Aims to Decide His Next Step within Six Months, He Says

on April 13, 2011 8:16 AM

Former Delaware County Congressman and U.S. senatorial candidate Joe Sestak expects to decide within the next three to six months what he'll do next, he said Tuesday.

Sestak, a retired Navy admiral and a Democrat, was in State College for much of the day. He was invited to -- and did -- speak with students at State College Area High School and Penn State, with the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County, and with State College borough Democrats.

He spoke about 30 minutes at a borough Democrats annual fundraiser in the evening. Approached afterward, Sestak lamented what he called Americans' skepticism and distrust in the political process.

Whatever he does next, he told, he wants to help Americans "believe again." At this point, Sestak said, he's not ruling anything in or out. But he would like to pursue some type of service, he added.

"If you said you cared, and then, all of a sudden, you walked away ... then you just add to the distrust" in the system, Sestak said.

Visits like his State College trip this week help inform his decision-making process, as he hears from a variety of Pennsylvanians, he said. Pressed about what sort of guidance he received from local residents Tuesday, Sestak acknowledged that a number of them encouraged him to run anew for elected office.

Right now, he said, he is continuing to thank hundreds of people who assisted his U.S. Senate run in 2010. (Sestak, with 49 percent of the Pennsylvania vote, lost to now-Sen. Pat Toomey, who won with 51 percent.) Sestak also is taking some time for a Disney trip with his daughter, who has seen continued success in her fight with brain cancer, he said.

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