We haven’t seen much of Senate hopeful Joe Sestak in D.C. these past few years. But when he was around, the former House lawmaker purportedly made his mark on the time-honored tradition of networking.
The Pennsylvania Democrat, who is currently seeking to knock off Republican incumbent Patrick J. Toomey in a rematch of their 2010 contest, alerted his social media followers to a little known fact: His congressional business cards were stamped in Braille.
“The House printing contact said they had never done Braille cards, so the Admiral had to go to a special outside vendor,” campaign spokeswoman Danielle Lynch explained via email about the innovative practice. “Organizations for [the] visually impaired said they had not seen it before in their House visits, and other members commented similarly.”
Per Lynch, Sestak struck upon the idea to enhance his calling cards after mingling with some sight-challenged constituents.
“He visited a small service center that helped the visually impaired, including with Braille, and realized a normal business card was useless to them if they wanted to contact him,” Lynch told HOH about the “aha!” moment.
From then on, it kind of became his thing.
“Joe passed them out to everybody as it helped raise awareness a bit of the handicap,” Lynch said.
The two-term pol, first elected in 2006, also took an interest in addressing autism.
“Joe is proud that his similar exposure to the increasing challenge of autism in our nation led him to introduce and successfully pass the first increase in new federal funding for autism in 12 years,” Lynch shared.
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