Another of the many Democrat candidates running for president in 2020 has dropped out of the race — and most Americans could be forgiven for not even knowing he was a candidate in the first place.
Politico reported Sunday that Joe Sestak, a former Pennsylvania congressman and retired Navy admiral, has ended his long-shot bid for the presidency and reduced the field of Democrats to just 17 announced candidates.
Out of the running
The announcement was made via a statement posted to social media and sent out through email on Sunday. Sestak included a simple message: “Thank you for this opportunity!”
Thank you for this opportunity! pic.twitter.com/mW5Qdi3bhT
— Joe Sestak (@JoeSestak) December 1, 2019
Sestak wrote in his statement that it had been an “honor” to be in the running for the Democratic nomination and described it as an “endeavor filled with immeasurable wisdom, passions, humor and insights to, and from, the people of America.”
The retired Navy admiral made numerous references to naval terminology in his statement. “A moral compass for our great ship of state is the beacon most needed today,” he asserted.
“And it is for the Captain of State who offers it that all Americans will provide the fair winds and following seas to advance us,” Sestak added. “That is necessary for us both at home and abroad, to convene the world to advance our policies and commitment to democratic values for our collective good.”
Sestak went on to reiterate his appreciation of the opportunity to run for president but said that “without the privilege of national press, it is unfair to ask others to husband their resolve and sacrifice resources any longer.”
Indeed, Politico noted that Sestak had lacked really any name recognition among the field of candidates, barely rose above 0% in national polling, and failed to qualify for any of the Democratic debates.
His campaign had been largely centered on working-class Americans and committing to face the threats posed by climate change and foreign rivals.
Unfortunately, due to a relapse his daughter suffered in her bout with brain cancer, Sestak hadn’t entered the race until June, long after most of the other candidates had already established themselves.
Sestak was, at one point, the highest-ranked military officer to serve in Congress, and he represented a district in Pennsylvania from 2007 through 2011. He can now add his failed presidential bid to his two failed runs for Senate, which occurred in 2010 and 2016.