The Washington Times - May 14, 2013, 10:43AM

Former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak is passing up a run for governor but is telling supporters he may again seek a U.S. Senate seat.

The Democrat and former Navy admiral had considered challenging Republican Gov. Tom Corbett next year, but it appears he’ll instead take on GOP Sen. Pat Toomey in 2016.

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He explained his rationale in an email to supporters.

“We pay a price for the Senate confronting our challenges only when in crisis, and it is the loss of trust by those it represents. The result is a government of the people that has rarely been held in such low regard by the people.”

Mr. Sestak said in the email, announcing the formation of the “Friends of Joe Sestak” exploratory committee.

“We need to restore that trust, where leaders American before they are partisan. We need leaders who serve the people — not themselves, not ideology, nor party; leaders who commit themselves to pragmatic leadership for the people,” he said.

Mr. Sestak ran for the Senate in 2010, when he lost to Mr. Toomey. He defeated the late Arlen Specter in the 2010 Democratic primary after Mr. Specter unexpectedly left the Republican Party after 44 years.

Before his Senate run, Mr. Sestak represented Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district for two terms.