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SPECTER-TOOMEY REMATCH IS ON; VITTER PRIMARY CHALLENGES FADE;
Politics1 ^ | 03.07.09 | Ron Gunzburger

Posted on 03/08/2009 4:06:07 AM PDT by Impy

PENNSYLVANIA. According to the Allentown Morning Call, former Congressman Pat Toomey (R) -- president of the fiscal conservative Club for Growth PAC -- has decided to seek a rematch next year against centrist US Senator Arlen Specter in the GOP primary. The newspaper said several close Toomey political allies -- who were named and confirmed the story -- said Toomey has directly informed them of his plans. Specter defeated Toomey by a 51-49 vote in the 2004 primary. Toomey is expected to make his official announcement within the next two weeks. Toomey was reportedly angered by Specter's recent vote in support of the Obama stimulus package. Specter has faced serious cancer-related health problems since the 2004 contest.

LOUISIANA. Former Congressman John Cooksey (R) announced this week he will not challenge US Senator David Vitter (R) in next year's primary. Vitter is viewed as potentially vulnerable after he was named as a regular client two years ago in the "DC Madam" prostitution ring scandal. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins -- a former State Representative and '02 candidate -- told The Rothenberg Political Report he is still considering the race but is leaning against running. Secretary of State Jay Dardenne (R) is also a potential GOP primary challenger, but he also appears to be leaning against running. Dems looking at the race include former Governor Kathleen Blanco, Congressman Charlie Melancon, former Congressmen Don Cazayoux and Chris John, businessman Jim Bernhard, and Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu. A Research 2000 poll this week shows Vitter leading Dardenne by a 43-32 vote in a GOP primary matchup. In a general election contest, Vitter leads Melancon by a 48-41 vote. Vitter had a 49% approval rating versus a 42% disapproval rating.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Louisiana; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 111th; 2010; election; gopprimary; pa2010; rino; senate; specter; toomey; vitter
If I had any money to donate to candidates (don't) Toomey if he runs against Specter would be at the top of the list.
1 posted on 03/08/2009 4:06:08 AM PDT by Impy
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To: Impy

I’d Like to donate too.


2 posted on 03/08/2009 4:11:43 AM PDT by Nateman (It's Pres_ent Obama until we see some id!)
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To: Impy; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; LS; Clintonfatigued; Norman Bates; AuH2ORepublican; Youngin; ...

Specter can’t claim he’d have a better chance at keeping the seat in “Republican” hands this time. He’s ripe for defeat in the general election provided by then he’s not too sick to even campaign.

And it looks like Vitter will not have a major primary opponent. A poll shows he leads possible rat candidate Rep. Charlie Melancon by 48-41, not an imposing margin. I do hope Melancon runs though so the GOP can grab his house seat.


3 posted on 03/08/2009 4:14:54 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

I think the only way Toomey loses this is if lots of Democrats change party registration and vote for Specter. PA does not have an open primary, so it does require some effort is you want to cross over. Change of registration must be completed 30 days before the primary/election.

AG Tom Corbett (R) may be in the mix as well and would be much preferable to Specter.

If Rendell runs on the Democrat side, he wins in a cake walk, IMO against either Toomey or Specter. But I think he has said he won’t run.

Anybody know who is running on the D side?


4 posted on 03/08/2009 4:26:54 AM PDT by randita (Starve the beast - earn as little as you can get by on and spend even less.)
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To: randita

Rendell wants an Obama cabinet job.


5 posted on 03/08/2009 4:29:18 AM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: darkangel82

>>Rendell wants an Obama cabinet job.<<

How much does he owe in unpaid taxes?


6 posted on 03/08/2009 4:40:03 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners.)
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To: NTHockey

A lot, probably.


7 posted on 03/08/2009 4:43:37 AM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: Impy
Absolutely the spectator has to go,war on rinos.
8 posted on 03/08/2009 4:58:41 AM PDT by rodguy911 (HOME OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE--GO SARAHCUDA !!)
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To: darkangel82
Rendell wants an Obama cabinet job.

Barry won't touch Fast Eddie now....

Bill Richardson May Not Be Only Gov. in Possible Hot Water

And that's not the only scandal brewing.

9 posted on 03/08/2009 5:02:24 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: Impy
US Senator David Vitter (R) in next year's primary. Vitter is viewed as potentially vulnerable after he was named as a regular client two years ago in the "DC Madam" prostitution ring scandal.

Bah. Meanwhile, back in DC, the greatest theft in world history is occurring under the guise of Porkulus. Vitter's sexual peccadillos should be of no concern except to his missus.

10 posted on 03/08/2009 5:17:43 AM PDT by csvset
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To: Impy

Definitely time for Specter to be put out to pasture.


11 posted on 03/08/2009 5:23:38 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Impy

I’m convinced that once Specter sees the polling data against Toomey he’ll bail and switch parties. He realizes the greatest threat to him is in the Republican primary, not the general election.


12 posted on 03/08/2009 5:37:09 AM PDT by RU88 (The false messiah can not change water into wine any more than he can get unity from diversity.)
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To: Impy

Here in OH, it looks like John Kasich is set to run for gov. vs. Ted Strickland (a difficult task, but Strickland has been steadily struggling to look good-—hasn’t done anything horrible yet, though); Rob Portman is going to run for Voinovich’s senate seat (big improvement there); and we have a pretty strong candidate for SoS.


13 posted on 03/08/2009 5:51:37 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: darkangel82

The more unpaid taxes the higher the Cabinit post. Witness one Timothy “Tiny Tim” Geithner.


14 posted on 03/08/2009 5:54:06 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners.)
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To: LS

I hope Scumland gets the zot.


15 posted on 03/08/2009 6:13:33 AM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: Impy
...centrist US Senator Arlen Specter...

Centrist?? Bull$hit!! Specter is about as centerist as the new york times. Surly, the voters will retire this senile, old RINO. Seat him right next to jimmy carter and walter mondale.

16 posted on 03/08/2009 6:17:07 AM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: randita

As to who might run on the Democrat ticket two names come to mind. Philly mayor Nutter, or Joe Hoffel, former congresman and current Montgomery County Commissioner. There will probably be a crowded field in the primary because the Dems see a Toomey win as an easy pickup for them in the general election.


17 posted on 03/08/2009 6:17:51 AM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: RU88

Arlen Specter is in hot water and is looking to survive.

A party switch is possible.

Toomey deserved to win in 2004 but some big names helped Specter like then Senator Rick Santorum and then President Bush.

Bush’s automated calls for Specter the day before the primary probably clinched it. Toomey only lost by 12-thousand votes to Specter.


18 posted on 03/08/2009 6:19:37 AM PDT by Nextrush (Sarah Palin is the new Ronald Reagan.)
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To: Russ

Isn’t William Jefferson,democrat,Louisiana,going to run again?I think Marion Berry(the bitch set me up) is his campaign manager.


19 posted on 03/08/2009 6:23:58 AM PDT by pistolpetestoys (Sarah ROCKS!!!!!)
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To: csvset

Certain moralist voters may care and could be convinced to support a “family values” demorat who tells the right lies ie “I’m a conservative”.


20 posted on 03/08/2009 6:32:00 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: LS

Who’s running for SoS?

It’s be nice if you got rid of some recently elected congressmembers, Steve Chabot is seeking a rematch in the first district. And that thief Mary Jo KillJoy needs to go.


21 posted on 03/08/2009 6:35:34 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

My guess is that he’ll charge Toomey with age discrimination baiting. After all, the race thing worked for 0.


22 posted on 03/08/2009 6:43:06 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: RU88

Others have recently been speculating that. (and I remember back in 2001 they thought it would be him and not Jeffords)

He could lose the rat primary also though if someone viable against him for the rat nomination.


23 posted on 03/08/2009 6:44:15 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

Not going to happen. The 15th has too much of ‘rat Columbus for that now.


24 posted on 03/08/2009 6:50:21 AM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: Nextrush
Voted for Toomey back in 04. What Santorum and Bush did was disgraceful and contributed heavily towards his defeat. Specter is if nothing else a very shrewd politician, flush with cash, who will look at this in terms of expediency. He realizes that by far his biggest threat will be in the primary. He knows that if he can make it to the general he has a very good chance at winning against Toomey in a way too blue Pennsylvania. That's how I see this shaping up. All I can say about Specter is good bye and good riddance.
25 posted on 03/08/2009 6:55:12 AM PDT by RU88 (The false messiah can not change water into wine any more than he can get unity from diversity.)
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To: Impy

Only 48-41?

WARNING BELLS! You know the old rule about 50...


26 posted on 03/08/2009 8:21:24 AM PDT by Norman Bates
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To: Impy

and tell Santorum to stay out of it this time


27 posted on 03/08/2009 8:45:49 AM PDT by MadelineZapeezda (Have you girded your loins today??????)
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To: Impy

Jon Husted, state senator.


28 posted on 03/08/2009 9:41:45 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Impy

I’m a Louisianan, and I’ll take those odds. Melancon has been Hope and Change’s rubber stamp, and I doubt LA is going to promote him after voting against him in a landslide.

Besides, there’s no indication Melancon is going to run...at least not yet. Aside from him, the Dem bench is a bunch of nobodies.


29 posted on 03/08/2009 9:43:12 AM PDT by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief (Russia invades Georgia? For a moment, I thought that was Red Dawn II)
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To: Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

Exactly. Obama is persona non-grate in Louisiana. Obama is testing the waters for 2010 right now. If he pushes too hard he knows he’ll get creamed in the 2010 Congressional elections. If not we’ll see the worst Democrat policies ever before the election of 2012 because they will have solidified power by then.


30 posted on 03/08/2009 10:25:27 AM PDT by Bogey78O (Don't call them jihadis. Call them irhabis. Tick them off, don't entertain their delusion.)
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To: darkangel82

The Republican actually won on election night despite Obama taking by 9-10 points. I see no reason why it shouldn’t be a top target.


31 posted on 03/09/2009 6:43:05 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

Bitch Landrieu isn’t a nobody. Voters probably don’t want to send Bart Simpson to the Senate to join Lisa though.


32 posted on 03/09/2009 6:53:08 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: MadelineZapeezda; RU88

Bush and Santorum were fools. Specter is considering switching now. That’s reason enough not to renominate him.


33 posted on 03/09/2009 6:56:20 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

Arlen should leave. What good is he? He is a weasely fraud. Rockefeller GOP’ers once nominated Barbara Hafer for governor, and she became a Democrat years later.
The problem now is that Peg Luksik has also announced her intention of running for U.S. Senate against Specter. The two of them will split the anti-Marxist vote, and allow Specter to sneak by. Bob
Oh,and yes, Rick and Pres. Bush got conned by a premiere con man. It’s a shame.


34 posted on 03/10/2009 2:25:39 PM PDT by alstewartfan
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To: alstewartfan; old and tired

“Bush got conned by a premiere con man. It’s a shame”

No one conned him. He conned us. He and his dad have always been big government RINOs.

Bush and by Bush I mean the ever brilliant Karl Rove decided to play it safe and back the liberal loser because he was the incumbent and had an easier ride for the general election.

Santorum should have known better but he stuck with the club policy too.

If they had just stayed neutral Toomey would have won.

Bush/Rove in contrast did not help envirowacko but otherwise very conservative Bob Smith (who went crazy after he lost) of New Hampshire when he faced Sununu in the primary. In fact Papa Bush helped Sununu. Because Smith was gonna lose the general election.


35 posted on 03/10/2009 4:21:40 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

Bush believed in the BIG TENT garbage, and Santorum OWED Specter. What we were watching in’04 was the GOP crumbling, as principles were cast to the wind. Best, Bob


36 posted on 03/10/2009 7:43:00 PM PDT by alstewartfan
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