Congressman Joe Sestak, D-Delaware County, who is challenging fellow Democrat Arlen Specter in the race for the U.S. Senate, will visit Penn State on Thursday to meet with the College Democrats.
"People have called him the most over-qualified candidate running for public office," Penn State College Democrats President Jessica Pelliciotta said. "Congressman Sestak offers us a unique opportunity for us to ask him about his personal experiences and accomplishments."
Sestak is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds a doctorate in political economy and government from Harvard University. He also served under President Bill Clinton as director for defense policy and headed the Navy's anti-terrorism unit "Deep Blue" in the wake of 9/11.
Sestak calls his meeting with the Penn State College Democrats a "Kitchen Call" meeting, modeled after the "Captain's Call" meetings he held in the Navy to discuss important issues.
Pelliciotta said she expects Sestak to give a short speech at the meeting and also to ask for feedback and recommendations from the students.
The congressman has challenged his Democratic opponent Arlen Specter to a series of six debates. Sestak's communication director, Jonathon Dworkin, said Sestak hopes to hold one of the debates at Penn State.
"These debates will give voters the opportunity to make a fair assessment of the candidates, their positions and their principles," Sestak said in a press release. "There has been a serious loss of trust in our elected representatives, and the only way to restore it is to tell the people exactly where we stand and accept accountability for our actions."
The meeting will be held 7 tonight in 129A HUB-Robeson Center. Dianne Gregg, chairwoman of the Centre County Democrats, said she plans to attend the event -- and she thinks Sestak is more than qualified for a Senate seat.
"He was a three-star admiral in the Navy," she said. "He ran for Congress in a Republican district and won and was voted the most productive member of Congress."