Skip to comments.SPECTER-TOOMEY REMATCH IS ON; VITTER PRIMARY CHALLENGES FADE;
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.
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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.
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?
Rendell wants an Obama cabinet job.
>>Rendell wants an Obama cabinet job.<<
How much does he owe in unpaid taxes?
A lot, probably.
Barry won't touch Fast Eddie now....
And that's not the only scandal brewing.
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.
Definitely time for Specter to be put out to pasture.
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.
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.
The more unpaid taxes the higher the Cabinit post. Witness one Timothy “Tiny Tim” Geithner.
I hope Scumland gets the zot.
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.
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.
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.
Isn’t William Jefferson,democrat,Louisiana,going to run again?I think Marion Berry(the bitch set me up) is his campaign manager.
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”.
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.
My guess is that he’ll charge Toomey with age discrimination baiting. After all, the race thing worked for 0.
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.
Not going to happen. The 15th has too much of ‘rat Columbus for that now.
WARNING BELLS! You know the old rule about 50...
and tell Santorum to stay out of it this time
Jon Husted, state senator.
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.
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.
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.
Bitch Landrieu isn’t a nobody. Voters probably don’t want to send Bart Simpson to the Senate to join Lisa though.
Bush and Santorum were fools. Specter is considering switching now. That’s reason enough not to renominate him.
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.
“Bush got conned by a premiere con man. Its 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.
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