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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Ferrick admits defeat

UPDATE: Dana points out that Ferrick still tried to get in some parting shots. Upon further review, I updated the title of my post.

First, I want to clarify one point. While Dana and Antimedia had speculated that the Inquirer edited down Weldon's original letter for him and twisted his words, the truth is that they told Weldon he only gets 600 words, so he scaled down the letter himself. I had been wondering about that point since yesterday and got a confirmation from Weldon's office this afternoon. In the meantime, Rory O'Connor alerted me to a new column by Ferrick, which I can only describe as Ferrick's Waterloo:

I want to go on record as saying I am never going to tussle with U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon again....

The boiled-down version appeared on yesterday's editorial page. I am, according to the congressman, wrong-headed, ignorant of the facts, and - above all - out of touch.

Among other things, the columnist admits to being a high school classmate of Sestak:

I was born in Philly but was raised in Delaware County. I went to Sacred Heart School, Manoa, and graduated from Cardinal O'Hara High School. My family lived in Havertown for nearly 50 years, not far from the bubble gum factory. My mother still lives in Delaware County, as do my sisters and assorted nephews and nieces.

In my 30 years covering politics, I have had frequent contact with the county and its politicos, a list that includes John McNichol, various Nacrellis and Judges and Charlie Sexton.

From Sestak's biography:

After graduating from Cardinal O’Hara High School, Joe Sestak entered the U.S. Naval Academy from his hometown of Springfield, Pa., and graduated with the class of 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He left the naval service after almost 31 years in January 2006, after having reached the rank of Vice Admiral.

What a coincidence....