Pat Toomey is sure not to forget former Republican U.S.
"I did not take an oath of office to the Republican Party," Hagel said at the time. "My first obligation is to do what I think is right. Regardless of the political consequences, if you don't have the courage to do that or display that every day, you shouldn't be in the business."
The sentiment sounds familiar to what he said about
"I'm not an Israeli senator. I'm a United States senator. I support Israel, but my first interest is I take an oath of office to the Constitution of the United States, not to a president, not to a party, not to Israel. If I go run for Senate in Israel, I'll do that," Hagel said.
Sestak was also accused during the 2010 Senate campaign of being a weak supporter of Israel.
Of course old political grudges or party cannibalism, as the late
Toomey voiced concern about the Hagel pick several weeks ago. Asked about it on a Pittsburgh radio show Monday, Toomey referenced Hagel's opposition to Iran sanctions as well as other times Hagel acted unfavorably toward Israel.
"He's just had a number of actions that suggests he may not fully understand the nature of the risks we face from some very hostile forces in the Middle East," Toomey said. "I want to always give a nominee of a sitting president every opportunity to explain himself and his point of view, but this isn't just a single isolated event, this is a whole series of opportunities that he has had to do the right thing, occasions where he has actively done what I think is the the wrong thing regarding American security especially in the Middle East."