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Meanwhile, Mr. Sestak does not miss an occasion to highlight what he sees as Mr. Specter’s failings.

“However we celebrate the holidays - Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and others - this season always seems to bring loved ones together,” Mr. Sestak said in his holiday e-mail. “So from my family to yours, we wish you joy and happiness heading into the new year.”

After dragging Mr. Specter over the coals for “misguided policies” that he said cost Pennsylvanians jobs and forced some families to lose their homes to foreclosure, Mr. Sestak closed the e-mail by wishing everyone “happy holidays.”