Put this into the "unsurprising" category. Former Rep. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyAppeals court rules NSA's bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel GOP senators push for quick, partial reopening of economy MORE (R-Pa.) welcomed Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) to the next year's Pennsylvania Senate race Wednesday evening.

Sestak appear to say he intends to challenge Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) in next year's Democratic primary on MSNBC Wednesday.

In a statement, Toomey praised Sestak for being a "principled liberal."

"While Joe Sestak and I disagree on a host of issues, I commend him for being a principled liberal who stands up for his beliefs and values," Toomey said. "I have always believed that Pennsylvania voters - not party bosses in Washington - should have the final say over whom their nominees will be."

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